The Druid Theatre 2020 New Writing script submission window is now open and will close 12 noon (GMT) Friday 31 July.
Playwrights who submit a script during the submission window will have their work read. Scripts received outside of this time will not be considered. Scripts sent via email, post or other means will not be accepted.
The company accepts plays in the English language. For the purposes of clarity: Druid accepts translations of original plays into English, which meet our criteria.
How It Works
For the open submission process, a reading panel assists the Artistic Director in assessing your play and ensures that a range of perspectives are brought to bear on each submission.
While Druid gives consideration to all plays submitted within the allotted period, we are not in a position to give a detailed a response to each.
The open submission process takes place alongside commissions, workshops, mentoring, public readings and other playwright development initiatives as part of Druid’s commitment to bring new work into production.
The online submission form is now open and will close 12 noon (GMT) Friday 31 July.
See link below for further details.
Don’t Miss Sounds Like Summer 2020 Online – Book your place today. Takes place from Tuesday 7th July to Thursday 9th July
We are excited to open registration for this 2020 online version of our annual Sounds Like Summer music camp! This pick ‘n’ mix course once again promises something for everybody with a focus, as in previous years, on popular music.
Choices include Music Technology (Production, Creating Beats, Composition); Keyboard, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals and Song Writing.
The Consulate General of Ireland in New York is seeking to recruit a Cultural Officer.
Applications are invited for the post of Cultural Officer for Ireland in New York. This position will enhance the promotion of Irish arts and artists in New York and elsewhere in the United States, working to serve the needs of the Consulate General of Ireland (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and of Culture Ireland (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht).
The position will be offered on the basis of a three-year fixed-term contract.
Role and Responsibilities
Reporting directly to the Consul General with an additional reporting function to the Director of Culture Ireland, and working under the strategic guidance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, responsibilities will include:
• Promote Ireland’s cultural engagement throughout the CGNY Consular region (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia), in line with relevant multi-annual strategies and programmes to promote Irish culture internationally.
• Work with Culture Ireland to extend and maximise touring opportunities for artists being supported to present work in the US, and develop a regional approach to cultural promotion across the eastern United States.
• Work to broaden the reach of Irish culture across the United States, outside traditionally stronger locations, including through developing relationships with partner organisations on an ongoing basis and the meetings of the network of Irish cultural centres and organisations in North America.
• Map and cultivate relationships with cultural organisations in the region, and broker partnerships between Irish and US artists, ensembles, institutions, venues and festivals, including the Irish artistic and creative diaspora resident in the region.
• Work alongside other European Consulates-General and the EUNIC (EU National Institutes for Culture) network to situate Ireland and Irish culture in its European context, presenting Ireland as both European and Irish.
• Support Culture Ireland as required in the effective delivery of its showcase events, and assist in the development, delivery and promotion of cultural events generally on behalf of Culture Ireland, DFAT and other relevant state bodies e.g. Tourism Ireland, including flagship or large-scale initiatives and cultural programmes for high-level visits by the President and Taoiseach.
• Work with Screen Ireland to promote opportunities for the film, TV and animation industry and with relevant state bodies to develop links across other creative industries, e.g. architecture and design.
• Assist and advise regarding the promotion of Irish studies in the region, including the expansion of the DCHG/Fulbright Commission partnership promoting the teaching of the Irish language in higher education institutions in the US.
• Work with CGNY and the US offices of State Agencies headquartered in New York to maximise the potential economic impact of cultural events funded by the State and to promote Ireland’s visibility and reputation.
• Monitor and report on the impact of cultural events, including those organised by the Consulate General, those in receipt of Culture Ireland support across the Eastern US, and other partnership-based events.
• Navigate and adapt approaches as required to the evolving changes to Irish and US arts ecologies as a result of the COVID-19 panademic.
The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate:
• Capacity to take the initiative and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
• Extensive and up-to-date knowledge of contemporary Irish arts as well as of the New York and wider US arts and cultural sector, including festivals, venues and local agents and promoters.
• Proven ability to deliver arts and cultural projects.
• High-level networking skills including the capacity to develop and strengthen links with partner organisations
• Strong organisational and administrative skills.
To be eligible the following qualifications and competences are required:
• A third level qualification in a relevant area or a high level of work experience in the arts and culture sector.
• Excellent written and oral communication.
• A high level of discretion, commitment and reliability.
• The successful candidate must have a legal entitlement to live and work in the United States prior to recruitment.
See link below for further details.
Creative Schools Spotlight
Calling all Senior Cycle and TY students
Are you interested in pursuing a career in the arts as a designer, a writer, a musician, a composer, or a performer?
Do you have lots of questions you’d like to ask an established artist in your area of interest?
Are you curious about what Opera is all about?
Irish National Opera is looking for confident and articulate senior level secondary school students with an interest in the arts to interview leading artists working in the field of opera for an Arts Council/Creative Schools “Spotlight” feature.
We’re looking for student interviewers to work with Irish National Opera to interview an established opera artist, discussing everything students might be curious to know about their work, their craft and how it relates to the world of opera.
No prior knowledge or experience of opera is required. Successful applicants will work with INO to film and edit their interview, creating a video approximately 5-15 mins in duration which will be shared online via INO and Arts Council channels.
How to apply :
Create a video no longer than 60 seconds, introducing yourself, stating the artistic discipline you’re interested in, and why we should pick you! All videos should be sent as a private link via youtube or vimeo to email@example.com.
Please note that this opportunity is open to all students currently in senior cycle or transition year in addition to students starting senior cycle/TY in September.
See link below for further details.
After six weeks of negotiations, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party published a 139-page Programme for Government on Monday (14 June).
The document contains four pages on arts and culture, including reference to a stimulus package for the arts sector – although this is likely to have been superseded by the Government’s announcement yesterday (16 June) of an additional €25m for the arts, including €20m for the Arts Council. There are also sections in the document on the film and television sector; community arts; night-time culture; creative and cultural infrastructure; commemoration; the Irish language; and built heritage.
Among the commitments are that the new government will establish a cross-departmental taskforce ‘to protect and sustain the arts and culture sector through the COVID-19 recovery and beyond’. The document also says it will also ‘protect the independence of the arts community’ and ‘continue to financially support the work of the Arts Council.’
Similarly, there is a commitment to support Creative Ireland – the Government’s creativity and well-being programme – and the recommendations of a recent report titled Engaging the Public on Climate Change through the Cultural and Creative Sectors. The contribution of women artists will be supported through schemes such as the Markievicz Awards, and the programme also makes reference to the events industry and says it will support it in a ‘green recovery’, assisting it in becoming more sustainable with a lower carbon footprint.
Amateur dramatics and musicals
Under ‘Community Arts’, the document states that the parties will develop new bursary schemes for young artists, consider setting up a new National Town of Culture competition, support schemes for small local festivals, amateur dramatics and musicals, and expand the Creative Schools initiative, which promotes access to tuition in art, music, drama and coding. The document also says the new government will ensure that local authorities are supported in long-term cultural and arts planning.
Under ‘Creative and Cultural Infrastructure’, there is reference to arts spaces and measures to increase the provision of affordable spaces for artists, and a commitment to examine ‘Meanwhile Use’ legislation. ‘Meanwhile Use’ is a term used to describe the interim use of vacant buildings for arts, pop-up events and shops or business incubation.
Night-Time Culture Mayors
Under ‘Night-time Culture’, there is a commitment to establish, in the first thirty days of government, a Night-time Economy Taskforce to examine night-time culture at national and local level, including pubs, late bars, clubs and restaurants. The programme also supports the establishment of Night-Time Culture Mayors in Dublin and Cork.
Under ‘Film/TV/Audio-visual/Digital/Media Production’, there is a reference to the development of a ‘Digital Creative Industries Roadmap’ and plans to ensure the implementation of the new EU Copyright Directive, which will force tech companies such as YouTube and Facebook to ensure users have permission before they upload music and video.
Despite the commitments above, the section on arts and culture in the Programme for Government is short and predominantly general in tone, certainly in contrast to the sections in the document on other areas of the economy, such as sport, transport and agriculture, which contain firm funding commitments.
The document also does not directly address the thirteen points published by the National Campaign for the Arts at the end of May, although, with regards to the Covid-19 Unemployment Payment, it says it will ‘set out the future distribution … based on the principles of fairness and equity’ this July. The NCFA has called for the payment to be extended for those in the arts until it is financially and logistically possible for cultural events to take place.
Members of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party will vote on the document over the next week and the results will be announced on 26 June.
Download the full document below.
In the midst of these unprecedented times, we are acutely aware of the many challenges facing arts and cultural organisations. Although many of you are dealing with both professional and personal challenges, we have been heartened to see the innovative ways you are finding to create content – sharing stories, music, art, performance and creativity online, which in turn is playing a key role in raising the spirits of communities across Ireland and further afield. If you have updates, you’d like us to share, please let us know and we can include them in our updates and share on social media!
We know that you’re familiar with Creative Careers as a jobs board that supports creative organisations by advertising your opportunities, but you may not be aware that we also offer a full recruitment service. Through our recruitment service, CCI Executive Search, we recruit for all levels of post across all disciplines and have particular specialties in recruiting management, marketing and fundraising positions. We have previously successfully recruited for the National Concert Hall, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Gate Theatre, Dublin International Film Festival, the Butler Gallery, Glasnevin Trust, Irish National Opera and Poetry Ireland. We provide a complete service from developing the job description and handling all enquiries for the role to presenting you with a shortlist of suitable candidates and helping to organise interviews and post interview communication.
As we all adjust to new ways of doing business, including communicating online and working remotely, we want to let you know that we are here to support you in sourcing and recruiting the very best people to work for your organisations, whether that be for existing positions or new roles such as digital or marketing positions that you may now require specifically in response to dealing with Covid-19.
With this in mind, if you appoint us to start a search for you during the months of June or July, we will be delighted to give you a discounted rate of just 12.5% to manage the process, reduced from our normal rate of 15%.
* Have recently successfully recruited a Development Officer for the Irish Film Institute and a Development Manager for the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
* Work on a no-appointment-no-fee basis. There are no upfront costs and no additional charges – we make no charge at all until the role is filled to your satisfaction.
* Have a unique database of over 5,000 potential candidates which we have compiled and updated over 6 years. Our candidates come from throughout Ireland and abroad, and they have all opted to receive our recruitment mailings. We have sister companies in Canada, Scotland and England giving us a global pool of candidates.
* During Covid-19, we are working with organisations in innovative ways to manage their recruitment processes safely and effectively due to the current restrictions – our systems and processes ensure that organisations and candidates feel comfortable proceeding with full search and selection campaigns, predominantly by moving campaigns online.
Contact us today, via return email or on 01 5242807, to talk about how we can assist in finding the best talent for your organisation and help you through this new normal.
Jobs and Opportunities:
New Voices 2020
New Voices: an artist development programme for new ideas, new sounds and new music.
- Are you a composer or artist creating your own original music or sound?
- Are you looking to explore your creative ideas and take the next step in your career?
- Are you determined and excited to explore your artistic and personal development?
- Are you looking to produce new work for new audiences?
Then this could be the opportunity for you!
Classes, concerts, and talks for the annual Glencolmcille summer school will take place online between 3 and 7 August.
Bristol’s Colston Hall to Be Renamed this Autumn. Announcement follows toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in the city; external signage to be removed.
Ireland Music Week Seeking Artists for 2020 Showcase. Event takes place online on 7–9 October; deadline for submissions is 3 July.
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