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The future of MEDIA

25th November 2010 by Maura McHugh


Funding for the MEDIA Programme is secure until the end of 2013, but the future of the MEDIA Programme after 2013 needs to be decided.

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the future of EU funding for the audiovisual sector after 2013. The deadline for contributions to the consultation is 30 November 2010.

In 2011, the Commission intends to adopt a draft Decision of the European Parliament and Council establishing a post-2013 funding programme. This new programme will help achieve the objectives of the new Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The purpose of the public consultation is to gather views from all relevant stakeholders of the audiovisual sector in Europe: distributors, producers, exhibitors, sales agents, training providers, public organisations and others. Views are sought regarding the objectives, activities, and types of support within the new programme.

One area of particular interest in the consultation concerns how the MEDIA Programme’s objectives and action lines should be revised in the light of technological, financial, social and other recent developments in order to ensure that they remain as relevant, clear and focused as possible.

The Commission is also interested in consulting on management aspects of the programme in this context.

The consultation is available online and only takes a few minutes to complete, so it could not be easier to submit your views.

Hanafin’s Press Statement on Arts Funding

24th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Deptment of Tourism, Culture and SportOver €360 million will be spent on capital projects across the Tourism, Culture and Sport sectors over the next four years said Minister Mary Hanafin T.D., today (24th November 2010) following the publication of details of the Governments National Recovery Plan. “This funding will enable us to complete the upgrading of tourist attractions, support continued investment in the film and audio-visual production sector and meet the commitments of the Department’s capital programmes in relation to the grants approved under the Sports Capital Programme, the Local Authority Swimming Pools Programme and the arts and culture infrastructure programmes.

All Government Departments are making their contribution towards the economic recovery and the Government has made some very difficult choices. The adjustments in allocations for the three sectors, while not easy, are proportionate and measured.

The savings in current spending for 2011 total €17million, of which €4million will be in administrative non-pay overheads. Total current spending across the three sectors will be in the order of €296million in 2011. Over the lifetime of the plan the Tourism, Culture and Sport areas will contribute savings of €76million in current expenditure.”

Minister Hanafin welcomed the clear recognition of the tourism industry in the National Recovery Plan as a labour-intensive sector that will provide job opportunities and foreign revenue earnings as the economy recovers. “

Our priority now is to continue to invest, upgrade and promote the tourism product in order to take advantage of the recovery.

In the coming years we will be focussing on upgrading major tourist attractions, developing a number of key iconic attractions, improving infrastructure in key growth areas such as walking, water-based activities, cycling and heritage. Investment will also continue to enhance and promote cultural tourism, eco tourism and conference business across the country.

Investment in ICT to achieve these objectives will also be prioritised.” Minister Hanafin said another key aspect of the plan is the steps which will be taken to liberalise visa restrictions for visitors from long haul markets. “All of the research points to a growth in tourism numbers from new markets, in particular India, China and the Gulf States.”

In relation to the hotel sector, there is a commitment to pursue legislation to overhaul and streamline the property revaluation process, as revaluation to date has resulted in significant reductions in commercial rates for hotel premises. The undertakings to maintain the lower VAT rate on labour intensive services and to introduce a new Business Investment Targeted Employment Scheme to replace BES are also very positive developments for this sector.

For many enterprises in the tourism and hospitality area currently facing cost and pricing pressures, the proposed measures in the National Recovery Plan designed to increase labour flexibility, through modification of the National Minimum Wage and a speedy review of the Joint Labour Committee Framework, will be welcomed.

“We are looking to increase visitor numbers to 8 million by 2015, which will have the potential to deliver up to 15,000 extra jobs directly in the sector.”

Minister Hanafin said investment in arts, culture and the film sectors in the 2005 to 2010 period is over €1.1bn. “In that time, there has been an unprecedented investment in national and regional arts and culture infrastructure, performance venues and film and TV production capacities.

Visitor numbers to the National Culture Institutions have grown by over 75% and participation rates in the culture and arts activities have increased. In the context of the four year plan, we will continue to prioritise capital investment in the film and audiovisual content production sector and maintain the exhibitions programmes at the National Cultural Institutions. We will complete the refurbishment of the Historic Wings of the National Gallery, the upgrade of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the upgrade of the National Museum on Kildare St. The digitisation programmes of key historic papers and collections will continue and,regionally, we will continue to invest to support the cultural tourism product, especially in the use and deployment of smart technologies.”

Day to day expenditure will be concentrated on national and regional venues, building excellent programming and leveraging the regional festivals programme. Through Culture Ireland, building on our arts and culture reputation abroad to grow further business and economic links and developing the cultural tourism product market for the home and international markets.

The funding being allocated to the sport sector over the lifetime of the plan will assist the Irish Sports Council in their support for a range of existing programmes. Minister Hanafin said “sport is an integral part of Irish life and culture, and participation in all sports has a positive effect of individuals’ health and wellbeing. The fact that a local town, club or county is competing in sports is also a matter of immense pride and the positive impact of this cannot be lost sight of in the current national climate. Support for our elite athletes is also funded through the Irish Sports Council and in the past week I received the submission on behalf of the Governing bodies for Sport in Ireland which highlighted how sport matters to our health, economy, tourism and our communities.”

1 Million for Cultural Tourism Technology

2nd November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Deptment of Tourism, Culture and SportYesterday, Mary Hanafin TD, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, announced funding in excess of €1 million for Cultural Tourism Technology projects.

The projects to be funded are those which were successful under the Cultural Technology Grant Scheme – an initiative aimed at using technology to promote Irish arts and culture announced by Minister Hanafin in July of this year.

The aim of the initiative is to use a variety of the best emerging and existing technology information and communications methods to deliver a promotional, educational or information product to promote the Irish arts, culture and creative sectors and the successful projects each fulfils this aim.

The level of interest in the grant available greatly surpassed all expectations and Minister Hanafin said that “the extent and calibre of the applications received is clear evidence of our national spirit of innovation and creativity and demonstrates the vital role which the arts, culture and creative sectors can play in our economic recovery. Ireland is already well placed as a destination for the cultural tourist and the projects being funded under this initiative will further develop and support the cultural tourism product on offer in Ireland.”

The scope of the successful projects is far reaching and diverse, ranging from apps for iPhones and Smartphones, to mobile websites and tours of some of our cultural tourism highlights, to online interactive games, to even a hologram show.

When complete, the projects will allow self guided tours and walks of the National Botanic Gardens; virtual and 3D tours of the extensive collections of some of our National Cultural Institutions and a number of web based digital programmes aimed specifically at children, including a dedicated children’s Art Website where the creative work of children will go on display, a Digital Creativity Platform for children and an interactive online Viking game.

The high regard and widespread popularity of both our traditional and popular music will be further promoted and developed under the initiative, as will Dublin’s public art; the best of Irish theatre and opera; the ecclesiastical treasures of Co. Clare and the life and poetry of Patrick Kavanagh, to mention but a view of the successful projects.

Minister Hanafin added that “great ideas and innovations in technology are developing all the time and this initiative has allowed us to marry our innovative and creative thinking to our rich and developing cultural offering, thereby allowing us to showcase the best of our Irish art, music, culture and heritage in the most exciting, innovative and dynamic ways. This is the application of smart technology to culture, heritage and tradition.”

In all, over 200 applications were received under the Scheme and 25 projects will receive funding: all of which are listed on the web site.

Cork Opera House Summer Closure

22nd June 2010 by Maura McHugh

Cork Opera House

The Irish Examiner reported at the weekend that the Cork Opera House will close for three months in a move to cut costs.

Draft accounts show it recorded a loss of roughly €300,000 for the year ended March 2010. The board has been advised it must cut costs by €500,000 from a total spend of €3.5 million last year.

Staff were told yesterday that the doors of the 1,000-seat venue will be closed from July 4 to September 29 to help stem the losses. But the theatre will have to reduce costs further through a combination of “significant payroll reductions” and redundancies.

The decisions are based on recommendations following a review of the theatre’s books by Deloitte and Touche.

The theatre’s interim executive director, Padraic Liston, who has been in place for eight days, said he supports the outcome of that review. He briefed staff yesterday afternoon.

He said the cost-saving measures are essential to address the financial situation.

“The summer is traditionally not a profitable period,” he said. “The losses would have been compounded, which led the board to take the unpalatable decision to close.

ILBF Drama Development Proposals

13th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Language Broadcast Fund is extending its deadline for receipt of drama development proposals to Friday the 28th of July.

(Deadline for receipt of applications for the second ILBF funding round 2010 in all other genres remains 12 noon Friday the 28th of May.)

ILBF development funding is available for a new drama series (6 -10 half hour episodes). The series should be character driven with strong storylines, a contemporary setting consisting of a realistic situation where Irish would be used. The series should be aimed at as wide an audience as possible.

Production companies with suitable experience in drama production – experience in production of Irish language and/or low budget drama especially welcome – should contact commissioning executives at BBC NI (Antaine Ó Donnaile) & TG4 (Máire Ní Chonláin) and the Head of the ILBF ahead of the deadline to discuss potential ideas and the commissioning process before submitting applications.

Please include in your application a brief synopsis of the proposed series including the following details:

  • The setting
  • Character outlines for main characters
  • Style of storytelling
  • Proposed cast and crew
  • Details of company’s previous experience in drama production
  • Proposed production model
  • Proposed production schedule
  • Proposed estimated production budget

Please note that decisions on funding for drama development will be made at the third ILBF funding round in October.

Cuireann an CCG síneadh leis an spriocdháta do Mholtaí d’Fhorbairt Drámaíochta.

Tá an CCG ag cur síneadh leis an spriocdháta do mholtaí d’fhorbairt drámaíochta go dtí an Aoine an 28iú Iúil.

(Fanann an sprioc d’iarratais don dara bhabhta maoinithe 2010 i ngach réimse eile de chláir mar an gcéanna – 12 meán lae Aoine an 28iú Bealtaine.)

Beidh maoiniú forbartha ar fáil ón CCG sa bhabhta maoinithe seo do shraith nua drámaíochta ( idir 6 agus 10 gcláir leath uair a chloig). Scéalta láidir, le béim ar phearsantacht na gcarachtair, suite i suíomh comhaimseartha réalaíoch ina bhfuil an Ghaeilge mar theanga beo ann atá de dhíth. Ba chóir díriú ar lucht féachana leathan.

Beidh fáilte roimh iarratais ó chomhlachtaí léiriúcháin le taithí sa réim drámaíochta – go háirithe iad siúd le taithí i léiriúcháin drámaíochta Ghaeilge agus/nó drámaíocht ar bhuiséad íseal.

Ní miste teagmháil a dhéanamh roimh an spriocdháta leis na feidhmeannaigh coimisiúnaithe de chuid BBC TÉ (Antaine Ó Donnaile), TG4 (Máire Ní Chonláin) agus Ceannasaí an CCG (Áine Walsh) leis na tograí agus an próiseas coimisiúnaithe a phlé leo sular chuirtear iarratas maoinithe chugainn.

Beidh na riachtanais seo de dhíth:

  • Cur síos gairid ar an togra, agus trácht a dhéanamh air
  • An suíomh
  • Mion cur síos ar na príomh carachtair
  • Stíl na scéalta
  • Moltaí do foireann léirithe agus aisteoireachta
  • Sonraí de thaithí an chomhlachta i léiriúcháin drámaíochta
  • Córas léiriúcháin molta
  • Sceideal léiriúcháin molta
  • Meastachán aer an bhuiséad léiriúcháin

Beidh cinntí ar mhaoiniú d’fhorbairt drámaíochta déanta ag an 3iú bhabhta maoinithe de chuid an CCG i mí Dheireadh Fómhair.