BAI announces details of up to €4.5m open funding round under Sound & Vision Scheme

Round open to independent audiovisual producers, TV stations, public service radio and independent audio producers

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has, today (30.07.20), announced its intention to operate an open funding round of the Sound and Vision 4 scheme which will be opened for applications on the 8th September next. This round of the scheme (round 37) will see funding of up to €4.5m being made available and will be open to independent audiovisual producers, commercial, community and public service television stations, and independent audio producers working with commercial, community and public service radio stations.

Commenting on the round, chief executive of the BAI, Michael O’Keeffe said: “The BAI is delighted to announce details of our upcoming funding round under the Sound & Vision 4 Scheme. We would especially like to thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Government for the provision of an additional €2million funding for the round, as part of the Government’s recently announced stimulus package. We are aware that the financial pressures on the broadcasting, audio and audio-visual sectors have been compounded by COVID-19. This additional allocation enables the BAI to increase the funding available in the upcoming round that will support the work and the development of new content for these sectors.”

The application phase for this funding round will open on 8th September, and close on 7th October. Guidance notes and application documentation will be published on the BAI website in early September, in advance of the opening date.

The open round is the third initiative to be announced by the BAI, this year, under the Sound & Vision 4 Scheme. In June, the BAI allocated €2.5m to independent commercial radio stations under the COVID-19 funding initiative. Earlier this month, the BAI opened the Community Radio Fund, which will see total funding of €750k being made available to BAI-licensed community, community of interest and community of special interest sound broadcasting services, and the special interest Christian / religious sound broadcasting service. In April, the BAI announced the award of over €7m in funding to facilitate the production of 126 projects across the audiovisual and audio sectors under the final round of the Sound & Vision 3 Scheme.


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