Tuesday, 8th October 2019
Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Galway Amateur Musical & Dramatic Societies to benefit from Budget 2020 – Naughton
The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has confirmed that she is to reintroduce the grant available for amateur musical and dramatic societies next year. This funding was removed in 2003.
“As someone who was involved in the amateur musical scene, I know very well the dedication of those involved and the long hours given for the enjoyment of the public. I am therefore very pleased that the Minister has allocated €250,000 next year for the support of musical societies and drama groups throughout Ireland,” the local TD said.
“Galway has a fantastic history of amateur music and theatre, with many companies being nationally recognised over the years by the Association of Irish Musical Societies, amongst others. There is a wealth of talent in Galway and it needs to be further nurtured. Many of our local performers hone their craft through local amateur plays and musicals and subsequently go on to professional careers. I therefore very much welcome this additional funding,” Deputy Naughton added.
“In addition, the Minister has confirmed that following funding of €6 million in 2019, an additional €1.1 million in capital funding is being provided for the European Capital of Culture – Galway 2020. This is in support of the Government’s commitment to deliver Galway 2020, a very significant platform which will highlight Galway and Ireland to Europe and beyond, “she noted.
“Even in circumstances where prudence had to be the watchword, Arts funding will increase next year to €354 million, a 5% increase on 2019. It illustrates the Government’s commitment to our culture and is one that will be continued into the future under Fine Gael,” explained the Galway West TD.