COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.1 Main features of the current cultural policy model

As government funding has weakened, there has been a civil service move to wield power more centrally, attracting criticism from the arts community.

2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.1 Main features of the current cultural policy model

Maintaining a wide network of cultural facilities built throughout the country during the boom years is now proving a challenge to fund-starved local authorities.

2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.1 Main features of the current cultural policy model

The abolition of a number of local authorities under local government reform will impact on arts funding and provision.

2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

Beset by dramatic funding and staffing cuts, the Arts Council undertook a strategic review in 2014.

2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

The new Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has committed to the drafting of Culture 2025, a National Cultural Policy which will set out the high-level aims of the Ministry.

3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

Culture Ireland, the national agency to promote Irish arts and artists overseas, has its budget reduced by 29% for 2014.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

Legislation continues to be prepared to reduce the autonomy of cultural institutions despite their success in operating at arm’s length for two decades and despite much criticism in the field.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

The National Campaign for the Arts has priorities include: evidence base for better policy on the arts; a more meaningful public conversation about the arts; building shared intention across the arts sector; and supporting the mutuality of the arts and education.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

An Assessment of the Economic Impacts of the Arts in Ireland in 2011 furnishes some quantitative information on the size of the creative sector in terms of value-added and employment.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

The audio visual content production sector is estimated at EUR 550 million and production activity in 2013 was the highest on record.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.7 Intercultural dialogue: actors, strategies, programmes

A new merged Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is being established amid concerns about its independence and resourcing.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.5 Tax laws

A new film tax scheme is to commence in 2015.

5.1 General legislation

5.1.5 Tax laws

In 2014 a tax exemption scheme for artists’ earnings has been extended to non-resident artists and was revised with a limit of exemption on the first EUR 50 000 from original and creative works of cultural or artistic merit.

6. Financing of culture

6.1 Short overview

Arts Council funding declined for 7 years up to 2014 and for 2015 remains at last year’s level.

8.3 Arts and cultural education

8.3.5 Basic out-of-school arts and cultural education

The Music Generation project, financed by U2 and the Ireland Funds, to offer children and young people in Ireland the opportunity to learn a music instrument or avail of vocal tuition, is being offered matching funding by the government for 2015.