Business to Arts & Bank of Ireland host fifth 30th Anniversary Event At the House of Lords, College Green

Business to Arts Thursday 11th October 2018. Picture Jason Clarke

Andrew Hetherington, Máire Carroll, Crash Ensemble, & Shane Hennessy with Bill Whelan. Picture Jason Clarke

For the fifth event of our 30th Anniversary year, we collaborated with Bank of Ireland, partner of to celebrate our three-year sponsorship. The event showcased performances by successful project creators Máire Carroll, Shane Hennessy and Crash Ensemble. The highlight of the evening was the world premiere of ‘Educo’ composed by renowned composer Bill Whelan to mark the occasion.

Bill was inspired by our “advocacy work and the mentoring role Business to Arts plays in an artist’s career”. Through support and training, we encourage artists to discover their own potential and artistic expression. In this composition, the guitar stands for the artist and the piano represents the support that can stimulate and inspire. The piece was composed for pianist Máire Carroll, guitarist Shane Hennessy, & members of Crash Ensemble. What connects these artists is the fact they have used to fund a project.

Here are some thoughts from Andrew on the occasion:

“Over the last three years, we have had a partnership with Bank of Ireland on our crowdfunding website Fund it. It has included sponsorship of the website and a national programme of crowdfunding clinics at Bank of Ireland workbenches. This investment in Fund it has allowed us to redevelop the website, make it relevant for more projects and it has helped us to future proof our technological needs.

The support from Bank of Ireland has also enabled us to unlock matched-funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht to achieve this. To date, Fund it has helped 1,500 Irish projects launch and raise funds on the website. In doing so, close to €5m has been committed by more than 80,000 people around the world.

As part of Business to Arts 30th Anniversary celebrations, tonight we are showcasing some of the exceptional musical talent that have used the website to help their own ideas come to life. Nights like tonight only happen when there is an alignment of trust, connection, commitment and talent.”

Our final 30th Anniversary event will take place at TileStyle on November 28th.

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