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Call for Applications – DeVos Ireland Programme:






Capacity Building 18 Months Intensive

(April 2015 – October 2016)

A Partnership with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland*

We are delighted to announce an extension of Business to Arts’ New Stream Partnership with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland *(DeVos Institute). From 2012 – 2014 a total of 23 organisations completed either 1 or 2 years of an intensive Capacity Building Programme. The programme saw significantly positive results for many in the areas of Strategic Planning, Artistic Programming, Marketing, Board engagement, Management and Fundraising.

The newly extended 18 month programme commencing in April 2016 has been developed following assessment of the outcomes of the first two years of the DeVos Ireland Programme. Both the original and extended programmes are supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, The Ireland Funds, and the wider Business to Arts member network.

Key Dates: 

Application Closing Date:  Thurs 05 March ’15

Notification of selected participants:  Mon 16 March ’15

First seminar:  Thurs 16 April ’15

This extended programme will focus on strategy development, implementation and capacity building in an organisational context, and support two types of arts organisations in the Business to Arts network:

  • Organisations new to the DeVos Institute process
  • Organisations that have completed either one or two years of the DeVos Ireland Programme

Working with the DeVos Institute, Business to Arts will deliver an 18-month Capacity Building Programme comprising seminars, phone consultations and in-person meetings to support a total of TEN organisations.

Since its founding in 2001, the DeVos Institute has served over 1,000 institutions from over 80 countries. While environments, objectives, and disciplines vary, each of these clients share the desire to create, market, and sustain exemplary cultural programmes.

We invite Irish arts organisations to apply for this 18-month long opportunity to further leverage the expertise of leaders in the field, both nationally and internationally; and to develop and implement strategies to strengthen the sustainability of your organisation now and in the years to come.

Participation Cost

The cost for participation in the DeVos Ireland Programme is 60% subsidised by the New Stream project, supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Department of Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht & Business to Arts’ Corporate Membership. The balance of fees applicable is based on the annual turnover of each participating organisation. Full details of cost are contained in the application form.

This is a competitive application process. Selection will be made based on the content of the response to this Application Form document. No further application information will be sought.

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