The National Institute of Scenic Arts and Music (INAEM) in Spain has given €6.2m to theatre and circus companies in the country. The money is designed to encourage national tours, with €2.2m set aside for this purpose. In addition INAEM is investing almost half a million euros in private theatres and setting aside a further €1.5m for biennial consultation work. International touring theatre projects received €54,000, with a further €468,000 going towards international circus tours. The remaining money will be invested in performing festivals, fairs and exhibitions within Spain.
A new edition of the Karl Jenkins competition has been announced. Named after the internationally acclaimed Welsh composer, and run by Arts Club and Classic FM, it honours outstanding musicians aged 18 to 25. ‘I was privileged to have studied at grammar school, university and the Royal Academy of Music at a time when music education was free to all,’ said Jenkins, ‘This is no longer the case… I am therefore more passionate than ever about championing young musicians and ensuring that great talent is given the opportunity to shine.’ Running from 6-13 March the judging panel includes Jenkins, Sam Jackson from Classic FM and notable soloists Alison Balsom and Emma Johnson. The winner will receive GBP4,000 (€5,560) and the chance to record in a London studio with the recording broadcast on Classic FM.
A €300m capital investment package for cultural institutions has been launched by the Irish government. The programme runs from 2016-21, and is designed to protect, promote and develop culture and heritage. ‘I have consistently made the argument that as the economy improves we must invest in our culture and heritage,’ said culture minister Heather Humphreys. ‘This €300m investment package will provide an important boost to the arts and cultural sector.’ It includes €70m for developing arts infrastructure and €18m for projects at the National Archives and the National Concert Hall. There will also €56.5m invested in heritage projects and €30.8m for projects that are part of the Ireland centenary celebrations in 2016