The arts and culture will see a modest increase of 2 per cent in funding after the publication of details from Budget 2020 at Government Buildings this morning.

Total funding for the arts and culture sector will increase from €189m to almost €193m.

This funding will comprise €153m in current expenditure and €39.7m in capital investment.

Funding for the Arts Council next year will rise by €5m to over €80m. This includes €1.25m in additional funding to enhance the work of the Arts Council to support performing artists, arts festivals, street arts and family events.

This funding also includes €3.75m reallocated from within the Department’s existing funding allocation from the exchequer which will strengthen the breadth and reach of the Arts Council’s role particularly in relation to the traditional arts, Culture Night and Creative Schools.

Following funding of €6m in 2019, an additional €1.1m in capital funding is being provided for the European City of Culture – Galway2020.

This supports the Government’s commitment to delivering Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, a significant platform from which to highlight Ireland’s creativity and to build bridges with European partners.

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland is to receive additional funding of €1m. It follows the Government’s decision to extend the Section 481 Film tax credit to 2024 and the regional uplift of 5 per cent which provides an additional incentive to increase Irish and international production across the regions.

These measures are in line with the Audiovisual Action Plan which sets out the Government’s ambition to make Ireland a global hub for the production of Film, TV Drama and Animation.

An additional €900,000 for the Decade of Centenaries 2020 Programme will enable the delivery of a significant programme of commemorative events – including Bloody Sunday on 21 November and the execution of Kevin Barry on 1 November – in an appropriate and meaningful manner consistent with the advice of the Expert Advisory Group.

€1m is to be provided to allow for the start of the process of transferring the National Symphony Orchestra to the remit of the National Concert Hall.

Funding of €250k has been set aside for the amateur theatre sector across Ireland.

Continued funding is being provided for significant ongoing Departmental programmes including the
Creative Ireland Programme which supports opportunities for people of all ages and in all parts of the country to engage with creativity; Culture Ireland which promotes Irish arts worldwide by creating and supporting opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues in line with commitments set out in the Government’s Global Ireland 2025 policy; and to facilitate the protection of the national collections and the enhancement of visitor experiences and services at our national cultural institutions A cornerstone of the Department’s culture investment programme under Project Ireland 2040 is the €460 million that is being set aside for the renovation of the National Cultural Institutions.

“This additional funding for our arts and culture, at a time of prudent budgetary management reflects the Government’s commitment to supporting Irish arts and artists,” said Minister for Culture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.

“The Per Cent for Arts Scheme and the extension of the Social Welfare Scheme for Self Employed Artists in conjunction with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection announced earlier is further proof of our commitment.”

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