03/07/15

Creative Arts

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The arts have always been an integral part of Irish life. It is the objective of this Department to provide an appropriate resource, policy and legislative framework to support the stimulation and development of the Arts in Ireland, such that economic returns and employment, and access to and participation in the arts by all sections of Irish society, are maximised.

This Department works closely with the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board to secure the implementation of appropriate and effective strategies for the arts in partnership with the artistic community and film industry. Culture Ireland is the body charged with the promotion of Irish Arts and Artists abroad.

Work in relation to the arts is carried out by four distinct units in the Department.

Arts Unit
It is the objective of the Department to provide an appropriate resource, policy and legislative framework to support the stimulation and development of the Arts in Ireland.

Government funding for the arts is generally channelled through the Arts Council, which, although funded by this Department, is completely independent in its funding allocations and the Minister has no role to play in its funding or executive decisions. The Arts Act 2003 underpins the Council’s independence in this context.

For further information, contact:

Arts Unit,
Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs,
New Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Tel: (353 ) 064 6627334
Fax: (353 ) 064 6627350
Email: Artsunit@ahg.gov.ie

Film Unit
It is the policy of the Department to develop and expand Irish film production in a way that maximises the return to our economy, including employment, and expresses our cultural identity through the medium of film.

For further information, contact:

Film Unit,
Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs,
New Road, Killarney Co Kerry.
Tel: (+353 64) 6627214
Fax: (+353 64) 6627350
Email: filmunit@ahg.gov.ie

Music Unit
The Business Expansion Scheme for Music gives tax relief to investors in new and emerging commercial musical acts or groups.

Culture Ireland
Culture Ireland is the division of the Department responsible for the promotion of the arts and artists overseas. Culture Ireland creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present their work at strategic international showcases, festivals, venues and arts markets and support artists right across the creative spectrum including visual art, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera and film.

Further information on Culture Ireland and its grant programme is available on www.cultureireland.ie

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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