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€5.5m open funding round announced by BAI under Sound & Vision Scheme
27 Jan 2021 : Nathan Griffin
BAI's Sound & Vision Scheme.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has launched a new open funding round under its Sound & Vision 4 Scheme.

Funding of up to €5.5m is being made available in round 38 of the scheme.

In addition, the BAI has funding of €1.4m available specifically for high-quality programmes relating to Irish culture, heritage, and experience that may also help to address challenges being faced by the live music sector. The BAI is encouraging submissions from projects across all formats, genres, and eligible broadcasters that can demonstrate they will assist in providing a platform for music industry professionals who would have predominately worked in the live music sector.

This ring-fenced funding is in response to a request by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, who’s Department provided the BAI with additional funding for this purpose.

When commenting on the open funding round, the Chief Executive of the BAI, Michael O’Keeffe said that the COVID-19 crisis “continues to pose many difficulties” for the broadcasting, audio, and audiovisual sectors. “The additional €4.9m in financial supports secured by Minister Martin for the broadcasting sector before Christmas will help to provide much-needed finance for the development of innovative content for the Irish public over a number of Sound & Vision funding rounds this year,” O’Keeffe continued.

“In addition to this open round, where we have funding of €5.5m available, we will be announcing details of a focused round for commercial radio shortly and one for community radio in the middle of the year,” O’Keeffe added. “COVID-19 has had a particularly devastating impact on the live music sector. We hope that the additional €1.4m funding available for this type of programming will provide an opportunity for music industry professionals to connect with audiences through TV and radio.”

Minister Catherine Martin added that the additional funding for the live music sector would "complement the other initiatives" her Department had already put in place to support the live music sector. "Musicians, in a sector severely damaged by the pandemic, need opportunities to perform," Martin stated. "These new broadcasting grants will give their music a platform, especially at a time when the public really miss going to concerts. I look forward to enjoying the projects that will be made possible through the additional funding and am delighted that the open round will significantly benefit independent producers and broadcasters at this difficult time.”

Guidelines and the application form for round 38 of the Sound & Vision 4 Scheme are now available here.

The closing date for applications is noon on Thursday, 4th March 2021.

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