Seeking interest in ESB/Business to Arts Brighter Futures Fund

Improvised Music Company are seeking expressions of interest from artists who are interested in applying in partnership to ESB / Business to Arts’ Brighter Future Arts Fund - deadline: 8th September 2021.

The fund is a new initiative from the ESB and Business to Arts supporting artists in partnership with organisations to develop and realise projects in the period March 2022 - December 2023. Applications to this open call need to be made by an artist (or possibly a collective of artists), and an organisation in partnership. Improvised Music Company aims to work with an artist to provide support and capacity to apply for and realise projects through this funding.

ESB & Business to Arts outline the fund as:

"An all-island Arts Fund which aligns with ESB’s ‘Brighter Future’ purpose by promoting environmental sustainability in diverse and ambitious ways. It will support the Irish arts community by funding or commissioning artists / groups of artists or arts organisations to create new work during a period of unprecedented change.

Through this open call, ESB is seeking to fund new artworks / arts projects which respond to the question ‘what does a Brighter Future look like?’, engaging the public in a vision for Ireland that is hopeful and inspiring. Individuals and communities have a critical role to play in the transition to a low carbon energy system, by changing their behaviours, embracing new technologies, and helping to determine the pace and scale of change. Engagement with the arts can inspire communities and help people to see the world differently.

Through this open call, ESB wants to support creative ideas to engage the public in a positive way around the energy transition, look towards a Brighter Future, consider the steps necessary to get there and the importance of this in tackling climate change. Artists / arts groups are encouraged to work in partnership with other arts, community, environmental, technological, or heritage/architectural organisations on the development and realisation of their projects. These artworks / arts projects can be in any artform (e.g. visual arts, spoken word, music, theatre, etc.) and must take place on the island of Ireland. Successful artworks / arts projects should be realised between March 2022 – December 2023."

Artworks which have a community engagement focus are encouraged, and some potential areas of focus or themes which might be possible are:

  • What does a Brighter Future look like?
  • A low-carbon future
  • Best-practice in environmental sustainability
  • Addressing environmental issues and sustainable development goals
  • Enhancing participation of communities and audiences in the environment
  • Active partnership between artists and partner organisations

ESB & Business to Arts expect to fund 4-6 projects with budgets of between €20k to €40k from this fund, with a minimum request of €20k. A minimum of 40% is to be allocated to artist fees.

2 webinars are available with further details on the fund:
Webinar 1: General Overview & How to Apply – watch back here
Webinar 2: Audience, Budget, & Evaluation – watch back here

The briefing document and application questions are available here on Business to Arts’ website.

If you have a plan or concept which might match with this criteria or are interested in developing this project with us, please email admin @ improvisedmusic (dot) ie with your name, contact details, and a brief outline. We will contact you to discuss further.

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