Northern Ireland’s Creative Industries boosted with new £240,000 Seed Fund
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (Tuesday 3rd December) announced a new Creative Industries Seed Fund, worth £240,000, funded by the Department For Communities and Future Screens NI, and supported by Digital Catapult. The new fund aims to assist entrepreneurs, creative businesses and arts organisations to undertake projects that contribute to the growth of the creative industries and unlock future income generation.
Online applications are now open for grants capped at £10,000 and will close at 4pm on Monday 27th January, with decisions expected late February 2020.
The £240,000 fund, administered by the Arts Council, particularly welcomes collaborative partnerships between arts organisations, creative businesses and academia, to use established and emerging technology to innovate and enhance delivery of the arts in Northern Ireland.
To help facilitate this collaborative approach, networking and advice workshops will take place in Belfast in 2020:
Belfast: 10 January 2020, 10am-1pm at Digital Catapult, Ormeau Baths
Matthew Malcolm, Creative Industries Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:
“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland welcomes this important investment by the Department For Communities into the creative industries here. Globally there has been a marked shift from the declining traditional ‘heavy’ industries towards the creative industries and that is also reflected here in Northern Ireland. The use of new and immersive technologies is a fast-growing market and incorporating these into the creation and delivery of arts experiences can open up valuable new ways of generating income for arts organisations.”
“We want arts organisations and creative businesses to collaborate, share their expertise and create opportunities for growth. Our creative sector remains one of the few areas of economic growth and is a vital source of our competitive strength, wealth and job creation, as well as raising the profile of Northern Ireland as a place that’s ready to compete and do business with the world.”
For further information and to apply online visit the funding page at www.artscouncil-ni.org