£3.89m for Music, Opera and Traditional Arts Organisations in Northern Ireland

Ulster Orchestra’s Music Room project

£3.89m for Music, Opera and Traditional Arts Organisations in Northern Ireland

Ulster Orchestra, NI Opera, Dumbworld and Belfast Trad among recipients.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced the recipients of its annual funding programme for 2017/18. From a total of just over £13 million (with £8.4m coming from exchequer grants for core running costs, and an additional £4.7m from National Lottery funds for programming), music and opera organisations received a total of £3,162,332Traditional arts organisations received £730,048. 

Arts Council NI Chief Executive Roisín McDonough stated that the grants awarded this year experienced an overall cut due to a reduction in Exchequer funding.

The financial awards that we are announcing… represent overall a 2-4% cut in annual funding for the overwhelming number of our arts organisations. In the context of an uncertain funding environment, this announcement of £13 million will support the valuable work our artists and arts organisations deliver for the benefit of everyone in Northern Ireland.

With the Arts Council’s National Lottery funding focused on arts programming costs, we can help protect elements of each art form, including theatre, dance, music, literature and more. On that note, our annually funded arts organisations are to be congratulated for proposing an inspirational range of arts events and activities for the year ahead, delivered to people right across Northern Ireland and beyond.

For full details on the funding to music, opera and traditional arts organisations, see below.

Ulster Orchestra Society £1,709,121
Walled City Music Trust £110,895
Moving on Music £107,035
Camerata Ireland £96,425
OpenArts £94,846
Dumbworld £79,005 
Oh Yeah Music Centre £53,075
Drake Music Project Northern Ireland £51,280
Open House Traditional Arts Festival £50,800
The Nerve Centre £48,564
Ulster Youth Choir £48,411
Belfast Music Society £41,883
Glasgowbury £37,044
Ulster Youth Orchestra £34,528
Panarts £32,405
The Contemporary Music Centre £22,764

NI Opera £544,251

Traditional Arts
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich £165,768
An Gaeláras Ltd £150,183
The Armagh Rhymers £56,340
Andersonstown Traditional and Contemporary Music School £50,400
An Droichead £45,912
Belfast Trad £41,924
Northern Ireland Piping & Drumming School £37,446
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association £34,579
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann £32,875
Ulster-Scots Community Network £32,632
Irish Traditional Music Archive £30,000
All Set Cross Cultural Project Ltd £26,363
Dún Uladh Ltd £25,626

To see the full list of organisations and funding amounts, visit https://goo.gl/XtCd8C.

Published on 20 June 2017

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