A National Remit- Reaching all corners

Repro Free: Dublin, Thursday 12th, February 2020: Pictured at the . Picture Jason Clarke

Picture Jason Clarke

Business to Arts’ current strategic plan (2018-2023) outlines our ambition to increase our Corporate & Arts Affiliate membership across Ireland. As a non-profit organisation with a national remit, we recognise and acknowledge the fundraising and development challenges faced by regional artists and cultural organisations. Restricted access to training and networking events impedes the development and implementation of fundraising strategies for these individuals/organisations. We are currently working to increase our presence in cities and regions outside Dublin to combat these challenges.

To increase our engagement with regional Corporates and Arts Affiliates we are currently implementing the following activities:

Increasing our presence in Munster & Connacht

From January 2020 Business to Arts will be in the Cork/Munster region one day per month and are available to meet with companies/individuals interested in connecting with members of the team. We will also be working in Galway one day per month from April to August., Business to Arts’ crowdfunding platform for creatives will also host a number of regional workshops throughout 2020.

Business to Arts’ AR Programme

The AR Programme covers a broad spectrum of activity, with programmes involving community engagement, staff engagement and work-place creative activities by host companies and artists. We work with companies and artists to create programmes that engage staff and local communities through arts participation. Currently, programmes include ‘SOAR’ at NUIG supported by LK Shields, ‘Harmony’ at the Mid-West Simon Community Family Hub, Limerick supported by BHP Insurance and ‘Calling Home’ at The Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen. Learn more about our AR Programme here

New Stream & capacity building

New Stream is our long-term, capacity-building programme for arts and cultural organisations. A key strand, Fundraising Fellowship Ireland, provides matched funding and a two-year professional development programme for arts fundraisers and their organisations. In total, the investment from this programme is valued at €80,000 per organisation. Cork Film Festival and Druid Theatre have recently completed the programme. Read case studies on both organisations here. We will announce the next two organisations to participate on the programme early next month.

Did you know?

Arts Affiliates

In 2019, our annual regional Arts Affiliate membership increased by 8%. Currently, the largest number of Arts Affiliates are based in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick respectively.

Fund it Regional Statistics

Between 2011 and 2019, over 1,500 projects have been funded through Fund it. 55.7% of projects were based in Dublin, 11.5% from Cork, 8.2% from Galway.

If you are an artist or cultural organisation interested in meeting with a member of the Business to Arts team please contact Michelle at

If you are a business interested in meeting with a member of the Business to Arts team please contact Eileen at

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