Sound and Vision Funding Workshop : From Idea to Application

The aim of the workshop is to help participants craft ideas and stories that can then be submitted for funding through Sound and Vision. The workshop will be highly practical and will assist participants in putting their ideas into the application. It will also serve to help you craft stories that can be used as station output and possibly look at other sources of funding.

Course Content

Overview of Scheme from BAI    

Idea Development: Working up the idea from its origins to a fully formed pitch

Additionality  : if you have an idea or it is a story that has been told before but you have a unique angle, a new can you pitch it?

Thinking outside the box: How can I find ideas in other genres/themes, such as science, childrens programming, entertainment etc?

Making your pitch stand out : The Sound and Vision scheme is more competitive than ever, with a smaller pot of funds to work with. How can I  make my idea outshine the rest?

Making creative radio: Breaking the mould, by editing creatively, use of sound, breaking the linear narrative structure, using humour.

Fitting your pitch to the requirements of the scheme: wording your pitch and linking it to Sound and Vision requirements, the structuring of their running order, the linking of their pitch to the listenership of the broadcast station, etc

Ensuring Value for money: How to pitch your budget affordably, and ensure value for money, as we are using tax-payers money. Where to spend/where to save. How to write your budget notes to reinforce this in your pitch.



Participants must bring with them an idea that they wish to sumbit for funding through the scheme. Workshop facilitators are Philip Cooper, BAI, Francesca Lalor, Newstalk and Orla Rapple, Independent Producer.