Here are some useful links to resource and support organisations
The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. We work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.
The Arts Council is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. We are the main support for artists and arts organisations, offering a broad range of funding opportunities through our Exchequer and National Lottery funds.
Amateur Drama Council of Ireland
An organisation that co-ordinates the full-length competitive drama circuit and organises the annual Confined All-Ireland Drama Finals and the RTÉ Open All-Ireland Drama Finals in April and May each year.
Association of Irish Choirs
The Association of Irish Choirs supports and promotes excellence in choral music in Ireland. We do this by providing information and advice and presenting a range of programmes and activities designed to respond to the needs of our members, the wider choral community and the public.
Association of Irish Festival Events (AOIFE)
AOIFE, the Association of Irish Festivals and Events, aims to support festival organisers to make festivals in Ireland entertaining, safe and financially sustainable. Services include training, the provision of information and networking opportunities and a group insurance scheme.
Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST)
The AIST was formed in 2005 by a group of industry professionals to promote the improvement of standards in Health & Safety, and general welfare of crew in the Arts, Entertainments and Events Industries.
Association of Ulster Drama Festivals
The Association of Ulster Drama Festivals aims to encourage amateur drama through the holding of festivals, promotion of co-operation and co-ordination between festivals and the fostering of relations with similar organisations in Northern Ireland and other regions.
Audiences NI is the dedicated audience development agency for Northern Ireland. Its mission is to increase and diversify audiences by fostering collaboration and enabling arts organisations to practise effective audience development through the provision of consultancy, training, research, market intelligence, e-marketing and other services.
Business to Arts
Business2Arts promotes creative partnerships between business and the arts, providing training in business skills for arts organisations as well as advice for business members on potential arts sponsorship opportunities.
The Cavan App makes it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for, including offers and great vouchers for both locals and visitors. It keeps you up to date on what's on in Cavan and where to go.
Cavan Living is a local listings and lifestyle magazine for Cavan. Whether you are travelling to Ireland or live within the county boundaries, then Cavan Living is for you.
Cavan Town Branch Comhaltas
The Cavan Town Branch runs regular sessions throughout the year. It organises concerts, céili and set dancing plus tuition in music, song and dance. The Branch also puts on a series of concerts throughout the months of July and August each year.
Produced locally, Cavan TV is an online channel covering sport, the arts, community focus and news around County Cavan. Programs are available worldwide.
Cavan Writers Forum
Cavan Writers Forum aims to create a warm online community of writers, who share ideas, insights and written works with one another. The forum hopes to enhance writing skills, to inspire new writers to pick up the pen and to encourage writers to keep writing. Cavan Writers intend to sustain momentum in what can often be a solitary pursuit and to actively promote the work of unpublished writers. They liaise with and support local arts and drama groups and other writers groups nationwide.
Community Arts Forum (CAF)
CAF is an umbrella body for community arts in Northern Ireland. Its primary aim is to create access to the arts and opportunities for participation for more people.
Contemporary Music Centre
The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland's national archive and resource centre for new music, supporting the work of composers throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland.
The Centre is used, nationally and internationally, by performers, composers, promoters and members of the public interested in finding out more about music in Ireland. Its library and sound archive, open to the public.
Create is the national development agency for collaborative arts, providing advice and support services to artists and arts organisations across all artforms working collaboratively with communities of place and/or interest.
Culture Cavan is funded by the International Fund for Ireland and organised by the Culture Cavan Steering Committee. This project in its entirety fosters peace and reconciliation in the border community that has suffered greatly over 30 years economically, socially and culturally. Opportunities are provided for community groups, bands and youth organisations to partake in a series of initiatives which are designed to promote awareness and understanding on a cross border, cross community level.
Culture Ireland creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals, venues, showcases and markets. Culture Ireland operates a quarterly funding scheme [February, May, August and November] to support the international presentation of work by Irish artists and companies.
Dance Ireland is a multi-faceted resource organisation dedicated to providing training programmes and practical supports which respond to the needs of the professional dance artist, while increasing the public's involvement with dance at all levels.
Dance Resource Base
Dance Resource Base is a new organisation established to provide facilities and services for the dance community in Northern Ireland.
Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport
The Department is primarily a policy-making Department in the three sectors of Arts, Sport and Tourism.
Drama League of Ireland (DLI)
The DLI is the resource organization for amateur drama practitioners. Services include a dedicated library of play scripts open to the public at The Mill Theatre every Tuesday and Thursday. Theatre training by way of the provision of workshops, an annual summer school and winter school for actors and directors, and many additional services.
The Firkin Crane is a focal point for dance in Ireland, supporting professional development of artists, widening engagement with audiences and creating innovative partnerships at local, national and international level.
First Music Contact
FMC started life as a cross-border umbrella group for music collectives in Ireland, to promote, encourage and develop the work of music collectives, to facilitate those already in existence and to help in the start up of new groups.FMC also run the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, Music from Ireland, Breaking Tunes project, providing a platform for Irish musicians to showcase their wares to the industry.
Gonzo Youth Theatre
For young people it’s an opportunity to meet like minded others, learn new skills and improve self-confidence, self image and self esteem in a safe environment whilst making friends and having fun!
Ireland Literature Exchange (ILE)
Ireland Literature Exchange is the national organisation for the international promotion of the literature of Ireland. ILE does this primarily by offering translation grants to international publishers.
Irish Actors Equity Group is the only trade union for stage, screen, radio, television and cabaret in Ireland, representing Actors, Dancers, Street Performers, Theatre Directors, Stage and Set Designers.
Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)
Ireland's National Association of Songwriters, Composers and Publishers. IMRO collects royalties from theatre companies using copyrighted music.
Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild
The Guild is the representative body for writers in Ireland for the stage and screen. It is a member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds, the European Writers Congress, the Federation of Scriptwriters in Europe; has a joint membership agreement with the Writers Guild of Great Britain; an agreement with the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society and is affiliated to SIPTU.
Irish Theatre Archive
The archive collects memorabilia relating to the history of theatre in Ireland, curates exhibitions, provides research facilities and organises occasional lectures.
Irish Theatre Institute
Irish Theatre Institute is a resource organisation that seeks to maximise creative opportunities and resources for performing artists and producers across theatre and dance in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and internationally.
Irish Traditional Music Archive
The Irish Traditional Music Archive as established with Arts Council funding and is a national reference and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland. The archive is a one-stop shop where musicians, music lovers, researchers and the simply curious can dip a toe into our traditional-music heritage.
Irish Writers' Centre
The Irish Writers' Centre was founded in 1991. The aim of the centre is to foster writing and an audience for literature in Ireland, and this it does by a year-round programme of readings, workshops, lectures and seminars as well as a range of support and information services.
LD Dance Trust (Shawbrook)
LD Dance is a facility-based resource organisation. Shawbrook is a centre for dance education and promotion of dance and dance theatre in Ireland. LD Dance creates opportunities for Irish students to develop their training and performance skills. Its major aim is to provide experiential learning and performing opportunities.
LitLab was founded in 2006 jointly by Meath and Cavan Arts Offices. The aim of the programme is to advance the professionalism of writers. The group meet regularly at Bailieborough Library. Members have been widely published in literary journals in Ireland and beyond.
The quarterly arts & literature magazine features poetry, short fiction and pictures by established and up-and-coming writers and artists from Ireland and abroad. A Cavan-based literature magazine with a national/international standing.
Moving On Music
Based in Northern Ireland, Moving On Music has grown to become one of the leading promoters of electronic, jazz, folk, traditional, classical and world music in Northern Ireland. Throughout the year they engage in many activities, including: Presentation and promotion of special one-off events; Co-ordination tours; Event management and consultancy work; Festivals, education and outreach projects.
Music Network is a professional arts organisation, funded by The Arts Council, committed to promoting, encouraging and funding the highest standards of music creation and performance throughout the island of Ireland.
Nag Art Gallery
Nag was a project space supporting emerging artists work until it was officially launched as a commercial gallery in 2012. Nag Gallery is interested in promoting work in the visual arts and sound.
National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD)
NAYD is the development organisation for youth theatre and drama in Ireland. NAYD supports youth drama in practice through an annual programme that includes the National Youth Theatre, National and regional festivals, commissioning new writing, publications, resources, training and other services as well as research and policy development.
Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA)
The Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA) is the sectoral support and umbrella body for professional & semi-professional theatre in Northern Ireland. NITA is a membership organisation, and current members include production companies, theatre & arts centres, local authority arts services, festivals and individual theatre practitioners.
Origins Promotions is dedicated to promoting and facilitating original live music in a variety of venues in Cavan. Origins organises shows for both up & coming and well established acts, from the local, national and international gig scene.
Platform Ireland is a curated audio-visual channel presenting the professional arts and culture sector in Ireland. It is essentially an aggregator and distributor of Irish (all island) arts and culture content or in other words Irelands arts and culture shopfront to audiences worldwide currently online computer and mobile devices.
An organisation dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting poetry through Ireland.
Rianta is an exhibiting platform for artists with an accomplished state of professionalism and experience. The membership fluctuates and changes from year to year. 'Rianta', which translates from the Gaelic as 'impressions' or 'marks', was the name given to the group of Cavan artists who first exhibited their work during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2011 and 2012 in Cavan Town. Other Rianta exhibitions include ‘In Context’, 'Bah!Humbug', 'Different Perspectives' and 'Winter'.
Temple Bar Cultural Trust
Temple Bar Cultural Trust is a private limited company that works on a not-for-profit basis to support culture in Temple Bar.
Theatre Forum is the membership body for the professional performing arts in the Republic of Ireland. Membership is open to producing theatre companies and venues of every scale, as well as festivals, arts centres, TIE, YPT, dance and opera companies and individuals. Its mission is to support, represent and develop the environment in which the performing arts are made in Ireland, through advocacy, information exchange, organisational development and training.
Theatre Lab Cavan
Theatre Lab Cavan are a collective of theatre practitioners, interested in and passionate about theatre. They workshop on a regular basis with a view to up skill their talents. This group is open to the public.
TradConnect is a global website that specialises in Irish traditional music. With close to 4,000 members including Moya Brennan, Kevin Crawford and all the up and coming bands and artists worldwide the website receives over 40,000 page hits a month. TradConnect writes about and promotes traditional music on a daily basis. Members also include organisations like Gael Linn, ITMA, Clo lar Chonnacht and dozens more from the US, UK and Europe.
Trans-art is an extensive series of performances, workshops, talks, installations, film, graffiti art and exhibitions by some of the most exciting artists on the local, national and international arts scene. It is a project-based initiative established to support and promote contemporary art in Cavan, using strategic partnerships involving business, civil society and local authorities working together for the arts provision in County Cavan. Trans-art won the 'Sustaining the Arts', National Chamber Award in 2013 for their project work during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2012.
Tyrone Guthrie Centre
The Tyrone Guthrie Centre was established in 1981 as a flagship North/South project providing a workplace retreat for practitioners in all art forms. Facilities include studios, dark room, music room with grand piano and a performance studio.
The Union Music School is currently operating out of Butlersbridge and Belturbet. Students sign up for an 8-week term and in the 8th week of every term there is an informal performance where teachers perform a song with students. Each 8-week term follows a book which Union Music write and print locally. Union Music offer a wide range of instruments and are also planning 2 week-long rock schools for the Easter Break.
Visual Artists Ireland
Visual Artists Ireland is the all Ireland development and resource body for professional visual artists. It provides services, facilities and resources for artists, operates an artistic programme and acts as an advocate for the interests of artists.
Fundingpoint is The Wheel's online database of funding grants for the Irish community and voluntary sector. Stocked with almost 800 funding grants from many different funders, including corporate foundations and independent trusts, the power of Fundingpoint is not only in introducing you to potentially hundreds of new funding opportunties, but also by freeing you up from having to do the research yourself it saves you countless hours of extra work.
Young At Art
Based in Northern Ireland, Young at Art is an arts charity for children and young people. Its vision is to make life for children and young people aged 0-18 years as creative as possible through engagement with the arts.