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Press release – Thursday 12th October 2017 #Budget18

October 12 2017, at 6.13pm


Press release – Thursday 12th October 2017

  • NCFA Community Survey indicates worry across entire sector about Creative Ireland’s focus on publicity and marketing over long term sustainable policy change and investment
  • Urgent call from National Campaign for the Arts to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to outline roadmap for his commitment to doubling investment in the sector

The National Campaign for the Arts announces results of its recent 2017 national survey, which was open to the public as well as its members and shows a deep concern for the state of investment in the arts in Ireland. Sentiment indicated a general level of enthusiasm for the high-level, unified and cross-Governmental initiative Creative Ireland.  However there was, also, understandably, caution and concern over the initiative centring mainly on publicity and marketing rather than long-term sustainable policy change for the sector.

NCFA Policy Mandate Priorities - Responses in Order of Priority

  • “Ireland’s government investment in the Arts needs to be improved from its current position at the bottom of the European average, as stated in the European Council Investment League”  (84%)
  • “Ireland should ensure transparency in the allocation of public funding to the Arts.” (71%)
  • “Working and living conditions for artists in Ireland must be improved from their current standard.” (68%)
  • “Funding to the Arts must be consistent with the ‘arm’s length’ principle.” (61%)
  • “That Government should maintain a research brief around policy and funding to the Arts. “(51%)
  • “Government policy must put Arts at the heart of educational and economic thinking – the Arts must be at the core of all public policy decision-making.” (50%)

Regrettably, Budget 2018's disappointing announcements for the sector alongside a side-stepping on earlier budgetary statements made by an Taoiseach - have left the sector questioning just how genuine the Government's commitment to the arts actually is, with acclaimed playwright Enda Walsh stating “When the Taoiseach made his campaign pledge to double arts funding, it transformed hopes and expectations for artists and arts workers across Ireland, just as Justin Trudeau’s pledge had done in Canada. Like Mr Trudeau, the Taoiseach should now set out a concrete, costed plan to deliver his promise.” 

The National Campaign for the Arts echoes that call and calls on the Taoiseach as a matter of urgency to set out a concrete 5-year programme of increases.  The sector needs to see a credible path to delivering his pledge to ensure this commitment still exists.

The contrast with Canada is striking: both the Taoiseach and the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, campaigned for office with a pledge to double arts and culture funding, but PM Trudeau actually delivered on his pledge in his first budget last year with a clear indication of how an additional $1.89 billion is to be invested in the sector over 5 years.

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 ambitious but inclusive 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 further information, visit http://www.ncfa.ie

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For media information, contact:

Sabrina Sheehan
sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie
(01) 675 0695
 


Some Press relating to Budget 2018

October 12 2017, at 6.06pm


Budget 2018 - Irish arts community expresses disappointment

https://www.rte.ie/culture/2017/1012/911850-arts-sector-expresses-disappointment-at-budget/

 

Government’s culture strategy all spin and no substance: Spending promises for arts fail to materialise in budget

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/government-s-culture-strategy-all-spin-and-no-substance-1.3252618?mode=amp

 

No significant jump for arts & culture funding as Budget 2018 falls short of promises

http://nialler9.com/arts-culture-budget/

 

Budget 2018 causes ‘huge disappointment’ in arts sector

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/budget-2018-causes-huge-disappointment-in-arts-sector-1.3249628#.Wdz18FSaMBl.twitter


Budget 2018 Press release – Tuesday 10th October 2017

October 10 2017, at 3.39pm


Press release – Tuesday 10th October 2017

  • National Campaign for the Arts disappointed that Government rhetoric not translated into investment
  • Taoiseach’s commitment to doubling investment in the sector over 7 years would have required a minimum 10% year on year increase

The National Campaign for the Arts today expressed deep disappointment at the minimal increases for the sector in Budget 2018. This is despite the Government greatly raising expectations in the last year through its high-level initiative Creative Ireland whose stated aim is to raise the priority of arts, culture and creativity across Government, and the Taoiseach’s campaign pledge to double investment in the sector.

Budget allocations to key organisations are modest, in particular the Arts Council moving from €65m to €68m, an uplift of just 5% compared to last year’s increase of 8%, and equally disappointing in percentage terms compared to Culture Ireland’s increase from €3.5m to €4m (14%) and the Irish Film Board from €16.5m to €18m (9%). These figures fall far below expectations.



The contrast with Canada is striking: both the Taoiseach and the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, campaigned for office with a pledge to double arts and culture funding, but PM Trudeau actually delivered on his pledge in his first budget last year, setting out a concrete 5-year programme of increases.  The NCFA therefore calls on the Taoiseach as a matter of urgency to set out a concrete and credible path to delivering his pledge and to clarify if this commitment still exists.


Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA), Jo Mangan stated that, ‘The Budget 2018 decisions are completely inconsistent with the commitments, and indeed policy focus, outlined by An Taoiseach and through the prism of Creative Ireland.  We’re deeply disappointed at the funding allocations issued today and call on An Taoiseach to outline how his commitment of a 100% uplift to the Department’s funding will now be achieved over the coming years. Today’s announcements have proved underwhelming for our beleaguered sector where even the announcement of an increase in the minimum wage will have no impact as the majority of those working in the arts earn less than €10,000 per annum. We are a long way from restoring the €30 million stripped from the Arts Council funding since 2008. As we continue to sit at the bottom of the EU league for investment in the arts,  the NCFA calls on the Government to apply their own strategy to double arts funding to the EU average as a matter of urgency.”.


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 ambitious but inclusive 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 further information, visit http://www.ncfa.ie

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For media information, contact:

Sabrina Sheehan
sabrinasheehan@missionpr.ie
(01) 675 0695
 


Pre-Budget Submission 2018

August 11 2017, at 11.31am


About NCFA:

The National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) is a volunteer-led, grassroots 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 .  This submission is made on behalf of arts and cultural organisations and individuals that form part of NCFA.
 

Our Insight:

In order to ensure our mandate and advocacy focus is consistently refreshed and renewed, NCFA maintains regular communication with its membership and the public via a range of means; including social and traditional media, newsletters, and events. Earlier this year, NCFA undertook an insight survey, encompassing a sample of 1,000 respondents across our membership and the general public.

The insight gleaned through this process has indicated strong support for the organisation’s priorities as well as some unique feedback regarding new policy initiatives, such as Creative Ireland. The recommendations included in this pre-budget submission are underpinned by the feedback and prioritisation highlighted in our recent survey,

Budget Recommendations 2018:

According to Eurostat, Ireland currently spends 0.2% of GDP on cultural services, exactly half the EU-28 average - placing Ireland among the bottom three EU countries for cultural spend.

NCFA welcomes the commitment made by An Taoiseach to double investment in the arts over five years. The realisation of this commitment, alongside the re-prioritisation of arts and culture in other policy measures, such as the creation of a Department of Culture, indicate a much-needed move to place arts and culture at the centre of government thinking.

The following recommendations serve to further embed this critical shift in Government policy, and align with the three top priorities highlighted by our recent survey - which centre on funding and investment, working and living conditions for artists, and arts policy.

Funding & Investment in the Arts

I. Funding Commitment:  NCFA calls on the Government to implement its commitment to double funding and investment in the arts over five years, bringing Ireland in line with the EU-28 average. The Government should provide a clear plan as to how this will be delivered over the five year period, and prioritise an uplift in core investment in the funding agencies and cultural institutions.

II. Multi-Annual Budgeting:  Given the new strategic funding approach recently introduced by the Arts Council, NCFA suggests the implementation of multi-annual  current budgeting by Government to further facilitate agencies in providing multi-annual funding to arts organisations.

III. Arts Council Funding:  To continue the uplift of current funding towards its pre-recession figure, NCFA calls for an increase in 2018 of at least 20% to Arts Council core funding, excluding one-off commemorative events or Creative Ireland initiatives.

IV. Local Authority Spending on the Arts: As Local Authority funding on the arts is currently discretionary, NCFA recommends that this position should be changed to ensure funding is ring-fenced for consistency and artist access.

Artist’s Social Welfare

NCFA welcomes the pilot social welfare initiative announced earlier this year. However, the reach of the pilot is limited insofar as it only extends to self-employed artists in two specific communities (literature and visual art), leaving  the majority of working artists  without access.

As such, NCFA recommends that, following the pilot, social welfare access is expanded to include other artforms, and to cover artists who work as employees, as well as self-employed artists. Systems such as that of the Netherlands should be used as a model for the sustainability of those working in the sector ie: practicing artists are guaranteed a basic income for up to 4 years within a 10 year period.(1)

Policy Focus

I. Adherence to ‘Arm’s Length’ Principle: An integral element of the artistic process and good governance in the cultural sector necessary for freedom in creation and curation of work. Therefore, NCFA re-states the need for this principle to be upheld and assured, alongside the requirement for transparency in all funding allocation including Creative Ireland spend.

II. Tax Breaks for Philanthropic Support:  NCFA recognises the importance of philanthropic and corporate support for the Arts, as well as the tax breaks necessary to encourage the growth and potential of this approach. This should seen as part of a healthy funding ecology, in addition to, rather than replacing, core public investment.

III. Local Enterprise Office (LEO) and LEADER Funding Support for Arts and Culture: A key driver of regional and local social and economic development, LEOs and LEADER funds can offer a unique resource to arts initiatives and artists. Our research reveals that, in many local authority areas, these funds, and information on how to access them, are not readily available to the arts sector. NCFA calls on the Government to ensure that new and existing funding schemes offered by local LEADER companies and LEOs should should be easily and transparently accessible to arts organisations. LEADER companies and LEOs should be given guidance to ensure that schemes they manage are available to the arts.

IV. Research and Development Fund for European Projects: NCFA calls on the Government to establish a dedicated fund to enable prospective applicants for Creative Europe funding to effectively devise and prepare large-scale projects to the level of excellence required for success. There is currently a small amount of funding available from Creative Europe Desk Ireland (http://www.creativeeuropeireland.eu) to foster networks, but it is does not enable arts organisations to buy the time required to research and develop large multi-stakeholder projects. Given the pressure on an already stretched sector to generate applications for national funds, potential applicants do not have the resources to build proposals, and arguably, this is why Ireland has underperformed in Creative Europe funding rounds to date.(2)

Submitted on behalf of NCFA’s membership by its Steering Group:
Jo Mangan (NCFA Chair; Director, Carlow Arts Festival), Eoghan Carrick (theatre director), Tom Creed (theatre and opera director), Olwen Dawe (Director, Irish Business Intelligence, policy analyst and consultant), Angela Dorgan (CEO, First Music Contact), Eugene Downes (Director, Kilkenny Arts Festival), Ed Guiney (Company Director, Element Pictures), Fiona Kearney (Director, Lewis Glucksman Gallery), Cian O’Brien (Artistic DIrector, Project Arts Centre)

For further information about this submission please contact  Jo Mangan (NCFA Chair): info@ncfa.ie  or  jomangan@me.com
087 286 2082

www.ncfa.ie

 


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