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2021 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC

September 16th, 2021

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The 2021 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC will take place virtually on Thursday, 4th November 2021.

Sustainability is now a central part of every conversation about the future of the corporate and cultural sectors.

In 2021, PwC conducted a CEO Survey which found that in Ireland, just 32% of leaders are factoring climate change into their strategic risk management.

The 2021 Business to Arts CEO Forum in association with PwC invites CEOs and leaders across business and the arts sectors in Ireland to share knowledge and discuss emerging ideas in their sectors.

This year’s Forum will have 5 speakers from a diverse range of industries discussing their sustainability strategies, how they are tackling challenging targets and the power of communications in our journey to Net Zero.

This year’s panellists include:

Tania Banotti, Director of Creative Ireland

Cathal Marley, CEO at Ervia Group

Virginia Teehan, Chief Executive of The Heritage Council

David McRedmond, CEO of An Post

Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner at PwC

With moderation from Dearbhail McDonald, Journalist & Broadcaster and opening remarks from Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive at Business to Arts.

Access to the event is available for Business to Arts’ Members and Affiliates. For more information email Emily.

Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts – Round 2 Grant Recipients

September 16th, 2021
Pictured are Louis Lovett and Lola Metcalfe from Theatre Lovett, one of the groups to receive funding, along with Bank of Ireland Interim Chief Marketing Officer Laura Lynch. Theatre Lovett is one of the leading companies in Ireland making theatre for all ages.

Pictured are Louis Lovett and Lola Metcalfe from Theatre Lovett, one of the groups to receive funding, along with Bank of Ireland Interim Chief Marketing Officer Laura Lynch. Theatre Lovett is one of the leading companies in Ireland making theatre for all ages.

Bank of Ireland, in partnership with Business to Arts, have announced the 39 projects spanning music, theatre, dance, film, craft and the visual arts that will receive support from the second phase of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund.

Funding of €335,000 will be provided to artworks or arts projects which have been inspired by the experience of living through COVID-19 or have been adapted in response to the pandemic. The all-island Begin Together Arts Fund will open for a third round of applications in 2022 and will make a total of €1 million in arts funding available between 2020 and 2022.

Francesca McDonagh, Group Chief Executive of Bank of Ireland, said:

The arts enrich our lives, but this sector has been one of the most seriously impacted during the pandemic. The Begin Together Arts Fund has helped sustain the development of new work and artistic practice during the pandemic and the new projects announced today will continue to enrich our lives and communities into the future.”

Among the 39 artists and projects funded, the Begin Together Arts Fund grants will support:

Theatre Lovett, The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly, by Finegan Kruckemeyer, directed by Lynne Parker is a highly-acclaimed theatrical performance presented by Theatre Lovett. In partnership with Theatre Royal, this project will reframe the performance, digitally, for a new generation of young audiences. Teachers will receive free access to a pre-recorded performance from the Sydney Opera House, and a tailored teaching resource pack to support classroom engagement. In addition, each classroom around the county will have access to an inspiring Q&A session with actor Louis Lovett live from Theatre Royal. The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly was originally commissioned by The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children and produced by The Ark in association with Theatre Lovett.

Connecting Communities will see artists Kathryn Boyle and Ciara Dunne working in partnership with Beat Carnival to facilitate the creation of an outdoor winter lantern parade connecting neighbouring communities through the crafting of festival floats and lanterns.

The Music Box, conceptualised by visual arts duo Cleary Connolly in partnership with Sample Studios and Cork City Council’s Glow Festival, will see the Cork Youth Orchestra perform while motion capture technology turns their movements into light projections, bringing a sound and light show to both interior and exterior audiences.

The Music Network Roscommon Teaching Residency, led by musician Cathy Jordan will take a hybrid approach to music residency, providing participants with a course of one-to-one lessons, both in-person and online, culminating in a series socially distanced ensemble performances.

Please see here for the full list of supported projects.

Applications For Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland Now Open For Organisations

September 15th, 2021
Minister Catherin-Martin with Gill Fenton of Lime Tree Theatre L and Catherine Hearn of Music Network R with Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington. Credit Conor McCabe

Minister Catherin-Martin with Gill Fenton of Lime Tree Theatre (L) and Catherine Hearn of Music Network (R) with Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington. Credit Conor McCabe











Business to Arts is delighted to announce applications are now open for the third round of the 24-month Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland will offer two cultural organisations 50% part-funding toward the employment of full-time ‘fundraising’ or ‘marketing & fundraising’ professionals over a 24-month period. The recruited Fellows will be supported by a structured programme of training and mentorship with Business to Arts. The aim is to equip the recruited fellows and their cultural organisations with skills to build fundraising capacity in their organisations.

Grants will be for a maximum of €15,000 per annum over a 24-month period and are aimed at subsidising the cost of full-time or contracted (minimum two-year) Fundraising or Marketing & Fundraising Executive.

For Business to Arts and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the overall objective of the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is:

  • to continue and enhance prior investment by national and regional cultural organisations in the development of human resources and capacity building.
  • to create stronger cultural organisations who are committed to long term sustainability, based on business minded planning and a cultural strategy.
  • to facilitate cultural organisations in gaining knowledge so they can leverage and increase resources in a long-term and sustainable way thereby maintaining and improving their longevity.
  • to address the 6 key barriers identified in the 6-year review of New Stream programme review 2016

Lime Tree Theatre and Music Network are organisations currently completing the programme. Past participants under Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland include Druid Theatre and Cork International Film Festival. Past participants under Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin include Helium Arts, Temple Bar Gallery + Studies & Fishamble: A New Play Company. Druid Theatre, Cork Film Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival.

For full details & to apply please click here.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 24th November 2021. 

Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is a partnership between Business to Arts & the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Business to Arts is Recruiting a Chief Executive

September 6th, 2021

Senior Manager Membership Projects

We are Seeking a Dynamic and Strategic Chief Executive for Business to Arts.

Salary: €75,000 – €85,000 (+ performance-related bonus)

Location: Blended  Dublin 2 (c.3 days per week) On-site/Location & Remote (c.2 days per week)

Summary & Job Description

We are a successful, vibrant and highly-regarded membership-based charity. The Chief Executive is a dynamic and strategic leader who brokers, enables and supports creative partnerships between businesses, individuals and the arts. They will have the opportunity to lead the organisation through to the next stage of its development (2023-28) and beyond.

Through their strong communication style, they will inspire others to support Business to Arts and drive our membership, sponsorship, donor-advised funds and grant income growth. They will build our family of supporters through their excellent networking and relationship management abilities. With their collaborative management skills and financial acumen, they will ensure that our financial and human resources are used to their maximum potential. Their vision and drive will position the organisation and the prestigious Business to Arts Awards strongly with our target audiences and in the media.

Download the Chief Executive of Business to Arts – Job Description and Core Competencies.


Candidates should submit their application in confidence to on or before 5.00pm on Friday 4th February 2022. An application must include:

  • A Cover Letter, which outlines how the applicant meets the core competencies and their vision for Business to Arts
  • A Curriculum Vitae



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