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NCFA Pre-Budget Submission 2017

  • The National Campaign for the Arts
    Pre-Budget Submission

    31 August 2016

    Executive Summary

    We call upon the Department of Finance to increase current direct investment in Arts and Culture through sustainable investment particularly in the agencies funded by the Department of Arts Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs (namely the Arts Council and the Film Board) in order to begin the process of repairing the widespread damage suffered by the sector in recent years.

    The NCFA calls on the Government to begin a commitment towards matching EU average GDP spending on the Arts and Culture. Public funding for the Arts and Culture represents just 0.11% of GDP and puts Ireland at the bottom of the European league table compared to an average of 0.6%

    We also call for the implementation of the following measures:

    • Retention of the €50 million allocated for Commemorations to the Department of Arts Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs, and for that money to be ring-fenced for allocation to the Arts Council and the Film Board
    • Restoration of €30 million worth of cuts imposed on the Arts Council and aim to reach at least €180 million annual budget for the Arts Council within the life of the next government
    • Social welfare reform to allow artists to pursue their careers with dignity Implement tax breaks to stimulate corporate and philanthropic investment in the arts and to grow the creative industries
    • Establish a separate Lottery fund, separate and distinct from Arts Council funding for diversification of grant allocation
    • Reclassify Local Authority Arts spending as non-discretionary
    • Actively fund creative industries and arts activity via Local Enterprise Offices and LEADER funds
    • Implement the Arts in Education Charter
    • Extend Junior Cycle Review to include Dance, Drama, and Music Introduce Drama and Dance as a subject in Secondary Schools
    • Shift government education investment policy from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) to STEAM focus. STEM + Art = STEAM

    Read the full Pre-Budget Submission by clicking on the document link below. 


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  • We’re asking NCFA members to write to your local TDs, Senators and Councillors to support our pre-budget submission.

    We have drafted a sample letter for you to use to connect with your local politicians, calling for:

    • Retention of the €50 million allocated for Commemorations to the Department of Arts Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs, and for that money to be ring-fenced for allocation to The Arts Council and the Film Board.
    • Restoration of €30 million worth of cuts imposed on the Arts Council and aim to reach at least €180 million annual budget for the Arts Council within the life of the next government
    • Social welfare reform to allow artists to pursue their careers with dignity
    • Implement tax breaks to stimulate corporate and philanthropic investment in the arts and to grow the creative industries
    • Establish a separate Lottery fund, separate and distinct from Arts Council funding for diversification of grant allocation
    • Reclassify Local Authority Arts spending as non-discretionary
    • Actively fund creative industries and arts activity via Local Enterprise Offices and LEADER funds
    • Implement the Arts in Education Charter
    • Extend Junior Cycle Review to include Dance, Drama, and Music
    • Introduce Drama and Dance as a subject in Secondary Schools
    • Shift government education investment policy from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) to STEAM focus. STEM + Art = STEAM

    Download a sample letter for you to use to connect with your local politicians here.

    If you haven’t been in touch with your local politicians yet, this is a great opportunity to do so. If you’re already in contact with them, please follow up with an update.

    Please share widely with arts workers and allies in your constituency.


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  • Statement from NCFA following publication of draft national cultural policy

    21 July 2016 - The publication of the draft ten-year national framework policy for culture marks a significant moment, two years after the previous Government's decision to initiate the process.

    The NCFA shares the Government’s view that the draft document represents the “beginning of a process”, and thanks the Minister for agreeing to send it as a draft to the Oireachtas for consideration on a cross-party basis in the new Joint Committee on Arts & Heritage.

    Even as a high-level framework, the draft policy document seems brief, with further development needed in a number of areas.  To make the policy effective, the development of an implementation plan with specific and measurable actions and targets is clearly vital and, once the draft framework policy is finalised, we welcome the Minister’s commitment to move quickly to develop that plan in partnership and consultation with all the stakeholders.

    The NCFA looks forward to making a full contribution to both the finalisation of the draft framework policy and the development of the implementation plan, engaging actively with the Minister and Government, the Joint Committee and with all members of the Oireachtas.

    On behalf of the Irish arts community, the NCFA is determined to help achieve a new cross-party consensus on a ten-year vision for culture at the heart of Irish life and society.

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    Media information:

    Sabrina Sheehan, Mission PR & Communications
    sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie | 086 250 3751

    The Campaign

    Established in 2009 as a response to the McCarthy Report, The National Campaign for the Arts is a nationwide, volunteer-led, grass roots movement that makes the case for the Arts in Ireland. The NCFA’s pre-election manifesto included calls on the government to:

    • Commit to increasing annual investment in Arts and Culture to 0.3% of GDP, taking us half way to the European average
    • Publish the cultural policy document Culture 2025 in draft form for interrogation by the Oireachtas Arts Committee
    • Maintain on an annual basis, the €50 million allocated to the Department of Arts for 2016 commemorations, and ring-fence it for The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board
    • Implement tax efficiencies/strategies to stimulate corporate and philanthropic giving
    • Create a new Arts fund from National Lottery funds
    • Appoint an expert panel of Artists/Cultural Managers to function as Policy and Strategy Advisors to the Minister and the Department


    * = Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland 2011, prepared by Indecon International Economic Consultants



  • PACK THE DÁIL WITH ARTISTS & ARTS WORKERS ON WEDS EVENING

    As previously announced, Fianna Fáil have called a Dáíl debate on the Arts which will take place on Wednesday 22nd June from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. The motion is very comprehensive, you can read it here.

    We need the visitors' gallery at the Dáíl to be packed with artists and arts workers for the debate.

    This was very effective back in June 2012 when we packed the gallery - it means other TDs will speak and acknowledge the presence of the people who are there.

    We need you to do the following immediately:

    1. Contact all TDs that you’ve previously been in touch with and urge them to be there to represent you, their constituents, at the debate.

    2. If you can be in Dublin for the debate, ask your TD to arrange visitor passes so you can be there.

    You'll find a full list with contact details for all TDs in your constituency at the link here.

    Please join us in maximising the impact of this important moment in our collective campaign for an All-Party Approach to the National Cultural Policy, Culture 2025.



  • Press Release -

    OPPOSITION PARTIES PUT THE ARTS CENTRE STAGE

    NCFA WELCOMES POLITICAL PROGRESS

    15 June 2016 - The National Campaign for the Arts welcomes the increased engagement of the opposition and the government with the national debate on the vital role of the arts in Irish life. 

    The NCFA has engaged with all sides on this issue in an effort to secure an all-party approach to arts and culture. This has led to commitments from Taoiseach Enda Kenny to bring the draft national cultural strategy Culture 2025 to the Oireachtas Arts Committee for discussion and finalisation, having been raised on the Order of Business by Labour leader Brendan Howlin.  It is vital that the final strategy is backed up by long-term funding commitments.

    The NCFA looks forward to the upcoming Dáil debate on the arts. This debate will take place on foot of a Fianna Fáil motion tabled by Arts spokesperson Niamh Smyth to put the arts centre stage next Tuesday. The NCFA will be meeting with party leaders Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats), Gerry Adams (Sinn Féin) and Mícheál Martin (Fianna Fáil) to continue to make the case for the arts over the coming week.

    Ireland remains at the bottom of the European League for Government Investment in Culture and the Arts. Council of Europe data shows that in 2012 Ireland spent just 0.11% of GDP on the Arts and Culture, compared to a European average of 0.6% of GDP. The NCFA is seeking an increase over the lifetime of the government to half the European average i.e. 0.3%.

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    Editor’s Notes:

    The Campaign: Established in 2009 as a response to the McCarthy Report, The National Campaign for the Arts is a nationwide, volunteer-led, grass roots movement that makes the case for the Arts in Ireland.  The NCFA’s pre-election manifesto included calls on the government to:

    • Commit to increasing annual investment in Arts and Culture to 0.3% of GDP, taking us half way to the European average
    • Publish the cultural policy document Culture 2025 in draft form for interrogation by the Oireachtas Arts Committee.
    • Maintain on an annual basis, the €50 million allocated to the Department of Arts for 2016 commemorations, and ring-fence it for The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board.
    • Implement tax efficiencies/strategies to stimulate corporate and philanthropic giving
    • Create a new Arts fund from National Lottery funds.
    • Appoint an expert panel of Artists/Cultural Managers to function as Policy and Strategy Advisors to the Minister and the Department.

    * = Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland 2011, prepared by Indecon International Economic Consultants

    For media information, contact: Sabrina Sheehan sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie



  • Letter / Email Templates to TDs and Senators

    Support the NCFA by writing to your Government Representatives, calling for - 

    • Government commitment to increasing Arts funding to half the European average, a sum equivalent to just 0.3% of GDP, over the three budgets of the agreed Fine Gael minority administration.
    • An all-party approach to our national cultural policy. We are urging the Minister to submit the long-awaited national cultural policy draft, Culture 2025

    Download the Letter / Email Template, or click on the image below. 

    Simply fill in the name of your Constituency TD(s) / Senator(s) in the first and last paragraphs and send.

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    NCFA calls on Minister for All-Party approach to National Cultural Policy

    • NCFA calls on Minister for All-Party approach to National Cultural Policy
    • Campaign believes Dáil Majority will support ambitious new approach
    • Cultural policy must have budgetary resources to make it reality

     

    23 May 2016 - The National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) calls on Minister Heather Humphreys to adopt a new all-party approach to national cultural policy. The NCFA urges the Minister to submit the long-awaited national cultural policy, Culture 2025, to the Joint Committee for Arts, where it can be discussed and finalised on an all-party basis. The policy can then be adopted by plenary vote in the Dáil.

    Read the full release

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    About the Campaign

    Established in 2009 as a response to the McCarthy Report, The National Campaign for the Arts is a nationwide, volunteer-led, grass roots movement that makes the case for the Arts in Ireland.  The NCFA’s pre-election manifesto included calls on the government to:

    • Commit to increasing annual investment in Arts and Culture to 0.3% of GDP, taking us half way to the European average
    • Publish the cultural policy document Culture 2025 in draft form for interrogation by the Oireachtas Arts Committee.
    • Maintain on an annual basis, the €50 million allocated to the Department of Arts for 2016 commemorations, and ring-fence it for The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board.
    • Implement tax efficiencies/strategies to stimulate corporate and philanthropic giving
    • Create a new Arts fund from National Lottery funds.
    • Appoint an expert panel of Artists/Cultural Managers to function as Policy and Strategy Advisors to the Minister and the Department.


    * = Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland 2011, prepared by Indecon International Economic Consultants

    For media information, contact: Sabrina Sheehan sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie


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  • Press Release - 

    Campaign welcomes engagement, but wants solid commitments

    • Taoiseach must back up words with investment in arts
    • Retaining €50million is first step to sustainable investment
    • Irish Oscar Nominee Ed Guiney backs NCFA campaign

     

    19 May 2016 - The National Campaign for the Arts held a constructive 90-minute meeting with Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys today. We welcome the fact that the Minister took time to listen to our concerns regarding the need for greater investment, policy reform and a strong long-term vision for the arts. We believe it is important that this dialogue continue.

    However, we received no solid commitment from Government to address the serious issues facing the sector. The Minister was not able to guarantee that her department would retain the additional €50 million that went into the Department for the 2016 Commemorations. This additional funding must be retained annually, if the government is serious about the arts. This is just the first step towards insuring that Ireland grows a sustainable Cultural sector.

    The Taoiseach’s visit to US highlights the huge gap between the lip service paid to the arts, and the reality that Ireland is bottom of the European league table for investment in arts and culture. Launching the Ireland 100 arts festival in Washington, Mr Kenny quoted JFK: “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the artist”. The Taoiseach added: “When it comes to Ireland, I agree”. If he does agree, he must back his words up with actions, commitments and investment.

    Ireland’s funding for the Arts places us at the bottom of the European league table. Council of Europe data shows that in 2012 Ireland spent just 0.11% of GDP on the Arts and Culture, compared to a European average of 0.6% of GDP. Such facts, add to the irony of the government jumping on the band wagon whenever Irish artists win at the Oscars or the Oliviers. The National Campaign for the Artsis calling for the contribution of Irish arts to be recognised in real terms, with real investment.

    Oscar Nominated Film Producer Ed Guiney of Element Pictures (Room, The Lobster) was part of the NCFA delegation at this morning’s meeting. Afterwards he said “Saudi has oil, we have creative talent. For generations we have been punching so far above our weight when it comes to our success in the arts internationally. So it’s now time to mine our greatest natural resource and to seriously engage and fund the arts in order to grow the sector into the world beater we know it can become; a true source of national pride to propel our country and its growth into the future.”


    Chairperson of the National Campaign for the Arts Jo Mangan said: “As an initial target we should aim to increase arts funding to half the European average. We think that is a modest proposal by anyone’s standards.”

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    For media information, contact: Sabrina Sheehan  sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie

     

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    Press Release - 

    Over 7,000 sign petition for dedicated Arts, Culture & Heritage Department

    • NCFA says Arts will lose out in new ‘Frankenstein Department’
    • Ireland remains bottom of European league table for Arts funding
    • Government chooses Centenary year to downgrade the Arts

     

    12 May 2016 - The National Campaign for the Arts is dismayed at the creation of what can only be described as a ‘Frankenstein Department’ covering Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht. Given the central role of the Arts in our society and the key role they have played in the 1916 Centenary, we are perplexed and angered by this decision. The National Campaign for the Arts calls on the government to rethink this ill-advised approach and commit to the establishment of a dedicated Arts, Culture and Heritage Department.

    In just a few days over 7,000 people have signed a new petition calling for the creation of an Arts, Culture and Heritage Department. The petition is supported by a social media campaign with the hashtag #ArtsDeptNow. This is a signal from the Arts community and the wider public that we are tired of being side-lined.  The National Campaign for the Arts believes that at the very least, the government must reconsider the mismatch being proposed, so that Arts, Culture and Heritage are allied with more closely related sectors.

    The leaders of 1916 were poets and artists. They understood the importance of the Arts in national life. It is an irony that seems completely lost on this government that they have chosen the Centenary of the Rising to push the Arts further into a corner, and ditched the Heritage portfolio altogether. The Arts need a strong voice at the cabinet table. At the moment, all the Arts gets is lip service and hollow praise when an Irish artist succeeds abroad.

    A dedicated Arts, Culture and Heritage Department would offer some hope of adequate funding for a sector that has seen years of cutbacks. Ireland remains at the bottom of the European League for Government Investment in Culture and the Arts. Council of Europe data shows that in 2012 Ireland spent just 0.11% of GDP on the Arts and Culture, compared to a European average of 0.6% of GDP. 

    Commenting on the push for an Arts, Culture and Heritage Department, Chairperson of the National Campaign for the Arts Jo Mangan said: “This is a year when the arts have once again made Irish people proud, not only at home with the many cultural events exploring our national heritage, but also abroad with our film, theatre and music talents once again featuring in the world’s biggest award ceremonies like the Oscars, Grammys and Oliviers.  All of the sectors within the new department are important but we believe none of them – and particularly the arts – is served by being shoe-horned together in this way.”

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    For media information, contact: Sabrina Sheehan  sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie

     

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    ABOUT THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE ARTS
    Established in 2009 as a response to the McCarthy Report, The National Campaign for the Arts is a nationwide, volunteer-led, grass roots movement that makes the case for the Arts in Ireland. It seeks to ensure that the Arts are on local and national government agendas and are recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish life.

    The NCFA’s proposition is to work with the government and the sector to recognise the centrality of the Arts to the future, as well as the history, of our nation, and to achieve an appropriate and functional level of state investment in the Arts and Culture.

    For media information, contact: Sabrina Sheehan  sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie



  • Read our Manifesto for the General Election 2016 Campaign.  

    We are looking for as many people as possible to meet with their local candidates and make sure that everyone knows that this manifesto and the arts should be on the agenda for all candidates and parties declared for General Election 2016.

    Get in Contact with your Constituency Coordinator

    We have populated a lot of the constituencies with an NCFA Coordinator.  They will be helping to spread the word of our ask - ie Get Ireland off the bottom - to all politicians in their local area as well as contacting all artists to make sure the point is emphasised when they meet.  If your constituency does not yet have a coordinator why not become one.  Email us at info@ncfa.ie.

    Contact your TD

    Click here for a sample email/letter copy that you can send to your local candidates.


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  • Republic of Culture 2014-2016

    View and download our current strategy by clicking on the image below.



  • Please find below all materials for the NCFA's Local + European Election campaign 2014

    • Local Election Crib Sheet
    • Local Election Letter | email template
    • European Election Letter | email template
    • Local Elections Campaign | Key Facts + Figures
    • NCFA Press Release 7th May 2014

    About local election candidates and how to contact them HERE

    Find your local Dublin City Councillors HERE

    Quick List of Councillors for Cabra-Finglas, Ballyfermot-Drimnagh, Rathmines-Rathgar + North Dublin HERE

    Information about national Local Authority spending including Arts Funding (under recreation and amenity) can be found HERE

    Support the campaign by using the Crib Sheet (Rallying Call) when local candidates come to your door and also by completing and sending the draft letter | email template available below, which demands fair play and a fair deal for the arts in your area.

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    NCFA Rallying Call - Local Elections Campaign 2014 | Crib Sheet | what to ask about when candidates knock at your door

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    National Campaign for the Arts | Local Elections Campaign 2014

    Letter | Email template for local election candidates | simply fill in and send 

    Download Local Election Campaign letter | email template by clicking the image above

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    National Campaign for the Arts | European Election Campaign 2014

    Letter | Email template for local election candidates | simply fill in and send

    Download EU Election Campaign letter | Email template by clicking the image above

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    National Campaign for the Arts | Local Elections Campaign 2014 | Key Facts + Figures for Supporters / Spokespeople

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    NCFA Press Release 7th May 2014

    National Campaign for the Arts challenges Local Authorities to match National spending on Arts and Culture

     



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    Our pre-Budget 2014 submission was a direct call to the government to stop the cuts to the arts and re-imagine a future where the arts are understood and valued. Featuring the voices of a number of well-known actors, it is a direct call to the government to stop the cuts to the arts and re-imagine a future where the arts are understood and valued in a Republic of Culture.

    Our demand for fair play that underpins our pre-Budget 2014 submission remains urgent and our call for action is unchanged. Keep spreading the word.  Please do some or all of the following:

    1. Share the video – with friends, family, colleagues etc

    2. Send it on to your local elected representatives – TDs, Senators and local Councillors  (see www.oireachtas.ie for constituency contact details)

    3. Promote it – how could you make it of interest to your local media?

    Our overall aim is to ensure that this video is:

    seen by key public representatives and relevant officials in key government departments

    published and shared by arts organisations, arts workers and arts supporters

    profiled by major cultural and news media commentators / journalists / programmes

    We need your support as we begin to campaign in the run up to the local and european elections. If you have any ideas you’d like to discuss with us, please email info@ncfa.ie

    Thank you.



  • In 2012, the National Campaign for the Arts worked hard to make a compelling and persuasive case for the arts. We directly informed politicians and public representatives across parties and independents, gathering considerable momentum. We contributed to public debate, now a matter of public record, in the Seanad and the Dail, and made a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

    Now we look to 2013, where we know our work will be cut out for us on local turf the length and breadth of the country. And in the context of The Gathering and the EU Presidency, what is local will play out nationally and internationally. That work begins with Budget 2013.

    We call on Minister Deenihan to protect the allocation of funding for the arts achieved through the Arts Council, Irish Film Board and Culture Ireland, and Minister Phil Hogan to protect Local Authority funding.

    Concerted action by our membership in the next three weeks is critical. Each one of you has a role to play.

    Influence decision makers in your constituency and local authority area.

    Budget 2013 was announced on Wednesday Dec 5th.

    Our analysis of the Breakdown of Expenditure including % +/- on 2012 is available to view and download HERE

    Here are the top-line notes from the macro figures of The Expenditure Report for 2013:

    Overview of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht allocation

    The Overview of Departmental Expenditure indicates that expenditure under the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will be €260 million in 2013, a cut of 5.4% across the Department. This will consist of €222 million in current expenditure and €38 million in capital expenditure.
    The Programme Expenditure for Arts, Culture and Film was €132.3m in 2012, reduced down to €125.4m, a cut of 5% in 2013.

    Breakdown of Funding Allocations

    The Expenditure Report for 2013 provides details of capital allocations and net expenditure only. Minister Deenihan appeared in the Dail on Thurs Dec 6th to further detail current expenditure estimates. These will be published with the Revised Estimates in February 2013. However, in the meantime, we can confirm the following directly from senior officials within the Department: €60.7 million funding for the Arts Council for 2013. This is a cut of 4% from 2012 funding which was €63.24 million. Minister Deenihan has confirmed that this amount will be allocated from current, capital and European Presidency funding. The EU Presidency funding for the Arts Council in 2013 is €800K, which therefore leaves the Arts Council with Grant-in-Aid of €59.9 million - a cut to its core funding of 5%.
    EU Presidency Cultural Programme : €2.7 million has been allocated to the D/AHG across two years, of which €1m was already spent in 2012. Culture Ireland received €1.55 million of this €2.7 million across 2012 and 2013. 

    An average 5% cut across the National Cultural Institutions with the National Archives maintaining its €1m current expenditure.
    High levels of programme activities that refer to the Arts are:
    EU Presidency Culture Programme delivered at home and abroad.

    Support in spending programme for The Gathering initiative
    Ongoing management and operation of National Cultural Institutions

    Fostering cultural tourism, including the provision of support to the Abbey Theatre, events such as the Wexford Opera Festival, the Dublin Theatre Festival and a wide range of local festivals.

    Other notable items

    Section 481, Film Tax Relief Scheme extended until the end of 2020. 
    Simplification of the scheme of tax relief available for donations to charitable and other approved bodies, including the introduction of a blended rate of relief of 31%

    The increase in Universal Social Charge exemption level from €4,004 to €10,036 is a welcome one for part-time workers in the arts and other sectors too.

     




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