Eight organisations in the Irish arts sector will receive funding to appoint a fundraiser, following the announcement of support for the initiative by the Irish government.
The organisations who will receive funding to appoint fundraisers are the Irish Film Institute, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Na Piobairi Uilleann, the Galway Arts Festival, the Model gallery in Sligo, the National Chamber Choir, the Wexford Festival Opera and the Gate Theatre. They will receive the money to pay for a full-time fundraiser and will be asked to raise €250,000 each year for the next three years.
The eight organisations were selected from 68 that applied for the Arts Council pilot scheme RAISE, designed to help develop philanthropy within the arts sector. The scheme is designed to help Irish arts organisations secure more private sector funding, given that it lags behind the achievements of arts organisations in the UK and USA>
Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, told the Irish Times that there will be further cuts to the Arts Council budget but that arts organisations will not be “punished” for successful fundraising.
RAISE will also provide one-to-one professional support to selected arts organisations to help build and resource their capacity for attracting philanthropic investment. The Arts Council will work with 2into3 in partnership with Networking Matters to advise on selection and engage with the nominated arts organisations to build capacity to encourage philanthropic investment.
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