The Head of Culture presented the above report details of which had been
previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to secure
Members approval to roll out the proposed Cultural Organisation Funding
Programme, Access Improvement Programme, Heritage Animation
Programme, Headline Events Funding Programme, Community Festival
Funding Programme and Artist Award Programme.
To secure Member approval in principle for the continuation of the proposed
subvention programme for one off national event with detailed paper to
The Chair welcomed the report and congratulated those Officers involved.
Councillor Logue also welcomed the report and in particular the Community
Alderman Hussey thanked the Officers for the report. He welcomed in particular the Cultural Organisation Fund. However he expressed concern over the collapse of Mournederg Partnership and queried if there had been engagement with the group. He also highlighted the need for continued engagement with groups from the wider rural area as there was concern that the perception was that the larger events were being hosted in the City and that towns/villages were not considered.
Councillor R Barr said that he fully endorsed the previous speakers comments.
The Director of Business and Culture assured Committee that whilst officers
always encouraged events to untilise the entire Councill area, this was not
always possible depending on the event. .
The Head of Culture advised Alderman Hussey that they were aware of the
current situation regarding Mournederg Partnership and discussions were
ongoing with relevant Officers in relation to the long-term action.
Councillor Kelly referred to the Cultural Organisations Fund and the eligibility
criteria that required at least one full-time paid member of staff. He said that
whilst he appreciated the funding programme was relevant to high-end
professional based organisations mostly based within the City, he was
concerned that those organisations based within the Tyrone boundaries that
do not have paid staff employed would not be eligible.
The Head of Culture advised that they were aware of the issue and that the
funding programme was relevant to organisations of a particular scale and
were mostly City based. She however referred to the Artist and Cultural
Practitioner funding programme that would hopefully attract wider City and
Discussion ensued after which the Committee
Recommended that Council approves the roll out of the proposed Cultural Organisation in year Funding Programme 2019/20 and the full 2020/21 Cultural Funding Programme as outlined.