National Campaign for the Arts Seeking €150m for Arts Council in Budget 2024

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National Campaign for the Arts Seeking €150m for Arts Council in Budget 2024

Accommodation for artists, tax reform and climate initiatives also among key asks.

The National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) has published its Pre-Budget 2024 Submission, which includes ten key asks of the Government ahead of Budget 2024.

Among the ten asks are a call for €150 million in funding for the Arts Council in 2024 – an increase of €20 million on the 2023 funding and a repeat ask from last year; €10.5 million in funding for Culture Ireland to use in the promotion of Irish arts abroad; and to ensure the continued funding of the Creative Ireland programme. 

The NCFA is also seeking action on spaces for artistic activity as well as accommodation for artists; supports for disabled artists; a new national policy concerning creativity and the climate crisis; initiatives to address the lack of diversity within the arts; and taxation reform to benefit artists and arts organisations. 

‘Like many ecosystems today, the arts is one in danger of collapse and NCFA urge Government to find fast and fair ways to respond that allow artists, arts organisations and arts workers viable housing options and financial security in order to continue their vital work across Ireland, because art matters here’, said Maria Fleming, Chair of NCFA

She added: 

As we toast the Oscar nominations, BAFTA winners, Mercury Music nominees and Booker prize nominees our writers, painters, musicians, and performers are being forced to choose between their creative career and being able to afford rent. Without clear and direct action to protect the future of the arts in Ireland we may be facing a critical tipping point.

Budget 2024 will be announced on 10 October. View the full NCFA submission below, or visit

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Published on 6 September 2023

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