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Thoughts On Commencement Of The Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland Programme By Dermot O’Callaghan, CEO, Sing Ireland

August 2, 2022 9:30 am

CMC98454-64 (2)As CEO Of Sing Ireland, I have seen the organisation develop and grow in its remit to create opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with group singing in Ireland. The organisation rebranded to Sing Ireland in 2019, after 38 years as the Association of Irish Choirs, to allow it to further strengthen its role in supporting the diverse sector of choirs and singing groups in Ireland. Our mission is to lead, enable, and connect communities of singers in Ireland and to enhance life through singing. Our current strategy sees the organisation poised for significant growth and impact over the coming years. We know the transformative power that singing can have and our vision for the future will see Sing Ireland embed itself as a central cultural player that advocates for and demonstrates the many benefits of group singing.

Sing Ireland represents the 229,000 people who regularly sing in groups in Ireland, from amateur youth choirs and singing groups in care homes to professional choirs and singing groups covering a wide range of musical genres and styles. Furthermore, our vision is of a nation that is fully immersed in quality group singing experiences and makes the case that all people can and should sing. It is a life affirming and joyous activity that brings well-being benefits and social connections to all that participate. As an organisation, we want to create high quality experiences for people of all ages throughout the country.

Sing Ireland is delighted to be one of the two organisations chosen for the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme. We are grateful to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for this opportunity and our team are looking forward to the many benefits that working with Business to Arts will bring. The ethos of the Fundraising Fellowship programme that sees a whole-of-organisation approach to growth and change is one that resonates strongly with Sing Ireland’s current strategy and our vision for the organisation. I am excited to see the impact it will make on our development over the coming years.

Sing Ireland is excited to have appointed Cecelia Molumby as the Fundraising Fellow. As Development Officer, we are confident that Cecelia’s skills and experience will add greatly to Sing Ireland’s ambitious plans for growth. Alongside her expertise in marketing and communications she has a flare for fundraising and development, and we know that her particular affinity for group singing, as an alumni of Irish Youth Choir, will be an asset. We warmly welcome Cecelia to the organisation and look forward to working with her over the coming years.

Group singing can affect enormous positive change in society and we are at a crucial point in further demonstrating that impact and developing the role of Sing Ireland in the social and cultural landscape of Ireland. We know that through hard work and active engagement with our growth plans and the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme we can realise exciting plans for the advancement of both the group singing sector and Sing Ireland.

Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is a partnership between Business to Arts’ New Stream programme and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

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Thoughts On Commencement Of The Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland Programme By Niall Cleary, CEO, Graffiti Theatre

July 27, 2022 2:24 pm

Niall Cleary

When I arrived in Cork, a little over six years ago, the city began to tell me stories about Graffiti. I met playwrights, actors, designers and arts managers who had started their journeys as members of our youth theatre. I met teachers, taxi drivers and hairdressers who transformed into children again as they recalled the magic of a Graffiti production that visited their school years before. As one bike repair man told me as he glowed and recalled his seven year old self, “I just couldn’t believe that the adults had made this show just for me!”

Being entrusted with the keys of Graffiti, both the literal and metaphorical ones as a Director and CEO, is a privilege for me. This feeling is shared by my colleagues. The keys unlock the door into our venue, a theatre space and arts hub for children and young people in Cork. They also open a door to a lifelong love of the arts of thousands of children and young people every year. They unlock the creative power of the children we serve to amplify their voices and let them know that they are citizens with agency. Again and again this leads to transformation and the building of community through creativity and kindness.

As we approach our 40th anniversary in 2024, so many people have grown up with Graffiti. It’s wonderful to serve the current generation. So much has changed and yet so very little. Our values of deep engagement and respect for children and young people remains constant. No company can survive without reinvention and renewal of ideas and energy. We are so proud to take the next steps on this journey with Business to Arts.

For the team at Graffiti, this is an opportunity that we have been strategically building towards for the past few years. Our ambition is to position Graffiti as a Creative Centre for Children in Cork. A beacon for children’s creativity and source of inspiration and expertise that radiates out from the building and into the wider community.

Growth takes place on two planes. We send our roots down to create deeper engagement and relationships with the children and partners we currently work with. We also send those roots out, to discover new partners, funders and donors who believe that children and young people are our greatest asset and worth the investment. We are delighted to find such new partners in Business to Arts and the investment of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

In Molly Twomey, we have found a Fellow that shares our passion; an artist herself, she believes and truly shares our ethos and will communicate that locally, nationally and internationally as we grow.

Every great journey begins with a single step. We are ready to take that step and look forward to meeting both the challenges and opportunities that the journey presents.

Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is a partnership between Business to Arts’ New Stream programme and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Sing Ireland & Graffiti Theatre Company Selected As Two Organisations Set To Take Part In Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland (2022-2024)

March 14, 2022 10:03 am

Pictured at the announcement of this year's Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland organisations was Dermot O'Callaghan (CEO) and Virginia Kerr (Chairperson) of Sing Ireland in Limerick; Katherine Licken, Secretary General, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media; Niall Cleary, CEO, of Graffiti Theatre Company in Cork and Davina Saint, Chairperson of Business to Arts. Sing Ireland and Graffiti Theatre Company are looking to recruit two new fundraising team members to take part in the Fundraising Fellowship over the next two years.

Dermot O’Callaghan (CEO) and Virginia Kerr (Chairperson) of Sing Ireland in Limerick; Katherine Licken, Secretary General, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media; Niall Cleary, CEO, of Graffiti Theatre Company in Cork and Davina Saint, Chairperson of Business to Arts.

Business to Arts in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media have announced the two successful organisations who will participate in the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme. After an open call for applications in November 2021, Sing Ireland (Limerick) and Graffiti Theatre Company (Cork) have been selected.

The Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland offers both organisations matched-funding (maximum of €15,000) to hire a full-time fundraising or marketing & fundraising professional, for a duration of 2 years. The two recruited Fellows will take part in a structured Fellowship programme of training and mentorship developed by Business to Arts. The aim is to equip the recruited fellows and their organisations with skills and funding to build fundraising capacity.

Davina Saint, Chairperson of Business to Arts states:

“Working with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, we welcome Sing Ireland and Graffiti Theatre Company to the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme. This Fellowship continues to build on our existing partnerships, bringing a wider awareness to the long-term human resource issues facing the cultural sector. We look forward to working with both organisations and believe our combined networks and resources will have a significant impact on their fundraising strategies. Our intense programme of training and mentorship will help to develop and enhance the selected organisations fundraising capacities and embed fundraising in their teams.”

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, states:

“Working in partnership with Business to Arts, the Fundraising Fellowship will continue to bring wider awareness to the importance for cultural organisations to develop critical fundraising capacity and expertise in order to strengthen their programmes and deliver on their missions. The Fellowship is particularly timely as these bodies return to in-person events.”

Dermot O Callaghan, CEO, Sing Ireland

“Sing Ireland is delighted to have been selected to work with Business to Arts as part of Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland. This fellowship will enable Sing Ireland to continue its ambitious growth and change plans in the coming years. Group singing positively impacts the lives of so many people in communities throughout Ireland. This opportunity to work in partnership with Business to Arts will result in a deepening of that impact and in more people of all ages benefitting from Sing Ireland’s work.”

Niall Cleary, Artistic Director & CEO, Graffiti Theatre Company states:

“Our entire team is thrilled that Graffiti has been selected for the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme with Business to Arts. This comes at a key moment in Graffiti’s development, as we seek to diversify funding to grow our programmes and to provide increased opportunities for children and young people to experience and participate in the joy and transformative power of the arts. We are really looking forward to welcoming a new member to our team and to support and encourage them to maximize the mentorship opportunity that the Fellowship brings and to contribute to the strategic development, growth and impact of our Company.”

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Thoughts on Commencement of The Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland Programme by Sharon Rollston, Chief Executive, Music Network

July 15, 2020 1:47 pm

Sharon RollstonMusic Network is delighted to be participating in the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland Programme 2020-22. This opportunity comes at a critical time for the music sector and indeed for the arts across the board both here in Ireland and globally. Alongside other industries we’re grappling with a myriad of challenges and uncertainties in the wake of Covid-19, constantly adapting to the ever-evolving scenarios that present. In the context of such seismic shifts, initiatives like Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland are more valuable than ever in helping to increase much-needed investment in the arts, and we very much welcome the opportunity.

As a national music touring and development organisation, Music Network’s mission is to make high quality live music available and accessible to people throughout Ireland regardless of their location or circumstance, and to support the career development of musicians.

Everything we do stems from our mission: from our work in music education, to supporting musicians at varying stages of their development, to providing concerts, audience development and music-making activities through our valued network of partners. Our geographic reach, through our National Touring Programme, is extensive, and over the past 34 years we have contributed significantly to music development throughout Ireland.

Our vision is that of a culture which increasingly values live music as an integral and beneficial part of our everyday lives. Our values are centred on excellence, accessibility, partnership, equality and sustainability.

We want audiences to experience the very best of live music from world-class musicians in their own communities. We want to help musicians build successful careers in their chosen field. The past few months have brought home the power that music and the arts have to carry us all through testing times, and strengthened our resolve to continually seek new and creative ways to bring musicians and communities together in the future.

The diverse nature of our work presents many opportunities to support specific programmes of interest including education, commissioning and artist development programmes. Through the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme we aim to strengthen existing partnerships and create meaningful and mutually beneficial new partnerships with individuals, businesses and philanthropic organisations that can help us to extend our reach and achieve much more.

2021 marks Music Network’s 35th anniversary, and the beginning of a new chapter in our development. We are currently in the process of writing an ambitious new strategic plan for the period 2021-2025. It is timely therefore to welcome our Fundraising Fellow Catherine Hearn onto the Music Network team. We’re looking forward to working closely with Catherine, particularly in relation to a number of exciting new programmes earmarked for development.

We also look forward to working intensively with Business to Arts over the next two years to build organisational capacity in fundraising, enhancing our relationships with existing supporters and forging new partnerships that ultimately diversify our income streams and enable the sustainable growth of the organisation.

We’d like to thank Business to Arts and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for this valuable opportunity.

Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is a partnership between Business to Arts’ New Stream programme and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Lime Tree Theatre & Music Network Announced As Two Organisations Set To Take Part In Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland (2020-2022)

March 11, 2020 9:47 am

Business to Arts in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht have announced the two successful organisations who will participate in the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme. After an open call for applications in November 2019, Music Network (Dublin) and Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick) have been selected.

The Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland offers both organisations matched-funding (maximum of €15,000) toward the employment of full-time fundraising or marketing & fundraising human resources, contracted over a 24-month period. The two recruited Fellows will take part in a structured programme of training and mentorship developed by Business to Arts as part of the Fellowship. The aim is to equip the recruited fellows and their organisations with skills and funding to build fundraising capacity.

The objective of Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland is to enhance previous investment by cultural organisations in their strategic planning and fundraising. The programme helps to address the lack of human resources dedicated to fundraising in the selected arts organisations.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts states:

“With the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage & Gaeltacht, we welcome Music Network and Lime Tree Theatre to the next round of the Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland programme. This Fellowship builds on New Stream’s priorities to address resource issues facing the cultural sector. We look forward to working with both organisations and hope our combined networks and intelligence will have a significant impact on their fundraising strategies. Both organisations selected will develop and enhance their fundraising capacities through our programme of training and mentorship”

Louise Donlon, Director, Lime Tree Theatre states:

“The Lime Tree Theatre is delighted to have been awarded this Fellowship and looks forward to working closely with Business to Arts on what will be a key element in the further development of the organisation. This role will allow the theatre to expand its business and secure investment in its cultural programmes.”

Sharon Rollston, Chief Executive, Music Network:

“Music Network is very pleased to have been selected for Fundraising Fellowship, Ireland. We look forward to working together with them to develop and diversify funding streams which will support our artistic ambitions across an exciting portfolio of programmes, including the National Musical Instrument Resource, Learning & Participation, Contemporary Irish Commissions and new work for Child & Family Audiences.”

*Applications are now closed 

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