Industry Council

Creating a dynamic and important network, our Industry Council brings together representative organisations from the creative and cultural sector.

Acting as an advisory body to the CFA, Council members nominate a representative to ensure we stay at the cutting edge of current thinking and practice. The current Council includes: Abhann Productions, The Arts Council, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Institute of Designers in Ireland, RTÉ, Screen Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, and Words Ireland.

Working together, we aim to identify current and future trends informing the learning needs of each sector. This will shape how our learning platforms develop and evolve over the coming years, and will help us to provide learning experiences that enhance career opportunities, supporting the long-term sustainability of culture and creativity in Ireland.

Abhann Productions

Abhann Productions is the production company of Riverdance, one of the most successful music and dance stage shows globally.  More than 1200 Irish and international artists have performed in the show since its debut in 1995. Riverdance is involved in the education of young Irish dancers through its academy programmes in Ireland and the USA.

Arts Council

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.

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Design & Crafts Council Ireland promotes the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCI’s activities are funded by the Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment via Enterprise Ireland.

The Institute of Designers Ireland

The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) is a membership association of Irish designers who promote and advocate for Irish design. We are committed to advancing the value and impact of design.

Raidió Teilifís Éireann

Raidió Teilifís Éireann is Ireland’s national public service media organisation. RTÉ’s mission is to enrich Irish life with content that challenges, educates and entertains.


Screen Ireland

As the national agency for the Irish film, television drama, animation and documentary industry, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland is the creative partner to the sector, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise.

Screen Producers Ireland

Screen Producers Ireland are a representative group made up of dedicated members who look after, and out for, the interests of independent producers in Ireland. SPI’s aim is to ensure a working landscape that allows our industry to thrive.

Words Ireland

Words Ireland is a grouping of seven literature organisations who have worked together collaboratively since 2015 for the advancement of writers. Words Ireland partner organisations include: Children’s Books Ireland, Literature Ireland, Irish Writers Centre, Munster Literature Centre, Poetry Ireland, Publishing Ireland and The Stinging Fly.

Advisory Role:

To provide advice and to promote the development of the Creative Futures Academy as it relates to, and meets, the professional competency needs of creative and cultural practitioners, CFA learners and the wider creative and cultural industries.

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