Sound & Vision 4
Sound & Vision 4 is a funding scheme for television and radio programmes, funded through the television licence fee.
How to apply
Read the Guide for Applicants, Complete your application and submit it by the closing date and time.
Round Relevant Application documents will be uploaded when ready. There are no open rounds at present.
You can read about the Scheme and recent Guides for Applicants and view the Application forms below.
Guide for Applicants – Round 47 – Open Round
Guide for Applicants – Round 48 – Community Radio & TV
31.03.23 Update on the next Round of Sound & Vision “Round 49”
Coimisiún na Meán is pleased to announce that the next Round of Sound & Vision, Round 49, will open on Thursday, 20th April and close at noon sharp on Tuesday, 30th May. The Application Form and Guidelines for Round 49 will be available from the 20th of April via www.baionline.ie.
Round 49 will be an open round and can accept thematically relevant television and radio programme applications submitted in accordance with Application Guidelines. An Coimisiún will hold a webinar for prospective applicants on Wednesday 26th April at 11:30-12:30. If you wish to register your interest to attend this event, please email email@example.com before close of business on the 24th of April to declare your interest.
If you have any questions on the Round in general, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for assistance.
Useful documents / information
Recent Funding Decisions
Round 46 – (Irish Language Programming) – Decisions
Round 45 – (Programming that Supports the Irish Music Sector) – Decisions
Round 44 – (Climate Change/ Climate Action Programming) Decisions
List of External Assessors
Applications are assessed by a team of external assessors chosen based on their relevant experience and the assessment criteria for each round.
Recent Assessors by round are available below.
Round 46 – (Irish Language Programming) – Assessors
Round 45 – (Programming that Supports the Irish Music Sector) – Assessors
Round 44 – (Climate Change/ Climate Action Programming) – Assessors
- Develop high quality programmes based on Irish culture, heritage and experience;
- Develop these programmes in the Irish language;
- Increase the availability of programmes referred to above to audiences in the State;
- Represent the diversity of Irish culture and heritage;
- Record oral Irish heritage and aspects of Irish heritage which are disappearing, under threat, or have not been previously recorded, and;
- Develop local and community broadcasting.
To achieve these objectives, the Scheme offers grant funding to new television and radio programmes which deal with the themes of:
- Irish culture, heritage and experience;
- Improving adult or media literacy;
- Raising public awareness and understanding of global issues impacting on the State and countries other than the State; and/or
- Any of the above in the Irish language.
- The Scheme is financed from the Broadcast Fund which comprises 7% of the annual net receipts from television license fees.
- The BAI has been assigned the responsibility of administering this fund.
- The BAI Archiving Scheme is also financed from the Broadcast Fund.
- The BAI will generally allocate funding using a funding rounds system.
- For each round, the BAI determines the closing time and date; the types of applications that can be submitted and the amount of funding available.