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Sky Academy Arts Scholarships - Deadline 5pm, 10 March

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– €40k fund for an emerging artist aged 18 - 30
– Deadline 5pm, Thursday 10 March

The deadline for the Sky Academy Arts Scholarships 2016 is fast approaching! If you are an emerging artist aged 18 – 30, get your application in to be in with a chance to win €40,000 towards your creative development!

Business to Arts is delighted to continue to support Sky’s investments in emerging talent in the arts in Ireland.  In 2016, Sky Academy will again award one scholarship to an artist living in the Republic of Ireland, aged 18 – 30. The successful recipient will receive €40,000 to go towards living costs and the development of an artistic project plus high level mentoring – giving them the time and support to develop their creative practice and take their career to the next level.

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships, which is run in partnership with Hiive, will support talented emerging artists in the areas of Music, Dance, Visual Art, Theatre and Comedy, Film Production and Creative Producing.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 10 March.

Women On Walls Open Call to Portrait Artists

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Pictured above are Alastair Blair, Accenture; Laura Mahoney, Royal Irish Academy; Prof. Aoife McLysaght; Dr. Aoife Gowen; Prof. Sarah McCormack; Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts; and Prof. Lydia Lynch. Picture by Shane O’Neill Photography.

Women on Walls is a campaign by Accenture, in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, that seeks to make women leaders visible through a series of commissioned portraits that will create a lasting cultural legacy for Ireland in 2016.

Accenture is commissioning five portraits of leading female academics to recognise their achievements and inspire future generations. The finished artworks will be on public display in the Royal Irish Academy, the first portraits of female subjects to grace the walls in the Academy’s 230 year history.

The five portraits will consist of four individual portraits of the first four female Members of the Royal Irish Academy, elected in 1949. The fifth portrait will be a group portrait of eight female scientists, who are recipients of the European Research Council Starter Grants 2012 – 2015 and have been chosen as representatives of a generation of outstanding young female scientists working in Ireland today.

Business to Arts, working in partnership with Accenture, are now inviting Irish artists and artists based in Ireland for three years or more, to submit previous work for consideration by the panel of local experts for this unique commission. Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 20 April 2016 (5.00pm)

For more information, please download the Submission Criteria & FAQ and click here to complete the Entry Form. For any queries relating to this project or the Open Call to Artists please contact

'Fund it Wednesdays' with Bank of Ireland
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If you've missed the first two 'Fund it Wednesdays', make sure you come along to one of the monthly sessions as they tour the country.

These discussion sessions aim to give you all you need to know about crowdfunding as an alternative way to unlock funds for a startup or creative idea through engaging with your customers, fans or social media followers.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Fund it, will be joined by a previous Project Creator at each talk to give their insights and tips about crowdfunding, the benefits and pit-falls, and what you need to know to prepare for your campaign.

When and Where:

Limerick, Wednesday 9 March, 5.00-7.00pm (book your free place now)

Cork, Wednesday 6 April, 5.30-7.30pm (book your free place now)

Kilkenny, Wednesday 4 Mary, 5.30-7.30pm (book your free place now)

Sligo, Wednesday 8 June, 5.30-7.30pm (book your free place now)

Clare, Wednesday 13 July, 5.30-7.30pm (book your free place now)

Galway, Wednesday 14 July, 5.00-7.00pm (book your free place now)

Kerry, Wednesday 10 August, 5.30-7.30pm (book your free place now)

Waterford, Wednesday 7 September, 5.30-7.30pm (book your free place now)

Wexford, Wednesday 5 October, 5.30-7.30pm (book your free place now)

Dublin, Wednesday 9 November, 5.30-7.30pm (book your free place now)

Refreshments will be provided on the evening and all are welcome to attend.
For more information contact Fund it.


Helen Carroll Joins the Business to Arts Team

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Business to Arts is delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Carroll to the position of Senior Manager – Marketing & Strategic Partnerships. Helen joins our team to develop and implement strategies that enhance the visibility and impact of our many programs, partnerships, services and events. Helen is taking over from Rowena Neville, who leaves Business to Arts on 11 March.

Dublin Port and The National Concert Hall Commission 12 Artists

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Dublin Port has announced details of Starboard Home, a unique collaboration featuring 12 of Ireland’s foremost songwriters. Presented in association with the National Concert Hall, Starboard Home has been commissioned by Dublin Port as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Twelve leading names in contemporary music have been invited to compose and perform new songs inspired by the relationship of the Port with the City. 

Produced by acclaimed Irish songwriter Paul Noonan (Bell X1 and Printer Clips) and Gary Sheehan at the National Concert Hall, Starboard Home features new works by Paul Noonan, James Vincent McMorrow, Cathy Davey, Duke Special, Gemma Hayes, Jape, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Lisa O’Neill, Declan O’Rourke, John Sheahan (The Dubliners), Paul Cleary (The Blades) and novelist Caitriona Lally.  

Starboard Home will have its Premiere Concert  at the National Concert Hall on 22 June 2016.


We look forward to seeing you soon!
Andrew, Helen, Rowena, Claire, Margarita, Orla, Jackie



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