BAI Announces Funding of €536k under Sectoral Learning & Sponsorship Programmes

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (2nd February) announced the allocation of funding for 2016 under two key initiatives – its Sectoral Learning and Development Programme and its Sponsorship Scheme.  Funding of €406,000 has been approved by the Authority for a range of training and development initiatives, while 22 events and activities will benefit from funding of €130,000 under the Sponsorship Scheme.

Among the 12 networks that will benefit from the funding under the Sectoral Learning and Development Programme announced today are CRAOL (the representative body for community radio); Learning Waves (the training organisation for commercial radio broadcasters); the Community Television Association; Screen Producers Ireland; Women on Air; and the National Union of Journalists. Other Sectoral Learning and Development initiatives for 2016 will include the Community Broadcasting Support Scheme, the Media Research Funding Scheme and industry related events.

The BAI has operated its Sponsorship Scheme for a number of years and provides financial and in-kind support to a range of relevant events and activities that take place during a given year. A total of 36 applications for support under the Scheme were received for 2016.  The 22 successful applications include television, radio and film festivals, award ceremonies, investigative journalism and Irish language events.

Commenting on the funding announced today, the CEO of the BAI, Michael O’Keeffe said: “Sponsorship is considered a key activity that raises the profile of the BAI and increases awareness of its strategic objectives as well as stimulating growth and the continued development of the audio-visual sector in Ireland.

“One of the innovative and successful schemes supported last year under the Sectoral Learning and Development Programme was ‘Big Stories for the Small Screen’, a training initiative focused on developing Irish skills in quality long-form screen drama. It is funded by the BAI and Screen Training Ireland and also received the support of a range of broadcasters and professional organisations.  The first module, which was held in Dublin in November 2015, was a major success and we are pleased to have been able to award additional funding for a second module in 2016.”

“As with virtually every support programme operated by the BAI, the applications received both through Sponsorship and Sectoral Learning and Development exceeded the funding available. I know that some applicants have been disappointed on this occasion.  However, I am very pleased that we have been able to support a large number of applicants under both schemes that will help to further enhance the national and international reputation of Irish radio and television broadcasters and film and programme makers”, Mr. O’Keeffe said.


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List of Sectoral Learning and Development Funding Recipients

Network Funding

CRAOL – The Community Radio Forum
Learning Waves
Community Television Association (CTA)
Creative Europe Desk Ireland (CEDI)
Irish Hospital Radio Network
Screen Producers Ireland (SPI)
Women on Air
Screen Directors Guild Ireland (SDGI)
National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
Women in Film and Television
Animation Skillnets
Creative Europe Desk Galway


Other Learning and Development Activities

Media Research Funding Scheme
Community Broadcasting Support Scheme
Innovation Scheme: Big Stories
Innovation Scheme: Red Rock Training Programme
Skills Strategy for the Audiovisual sector
Industry-related events
Temporary Services T&D Scheme


List of Sponsorship Funding Recipients

Sounds Alive 2016
Hearsav lnternational Audio Fest
PPI Radio Awards 2016
Comórtas Náisiúnta Ghlór na nGael
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Cork Film Festival 2016
Radharc Trust
Age & Opportunity
Film in Cork
Gaze Film Festival
Guth Gafa Documantary Festival
Mary Raftery Fund
Animation Dingle
Dublin International Film Festival Screentest Event
Irish Film Institute Documentary Festival
Galway Film Centre
Galway Film Fleadh
Celtic Media Festival
Archiving Tomorrow 2016 – Archives at Risk
Clearun Media Conference
IFTA awards