Your funding of unlicensed charities / bodies who compete directly with licensed premises in Belfast.

Conor Small made this Freedom of Information request to Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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Dear Arts Council of Northern Ireland,

Further to recent concerns raised by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ir... can you please confirm by return your policy in relation to your funding of unlicensed bodies / charities who lease out their premises for functions which allow / encourage a "bring your own" culture which competes directly with licensed premises in the city.

In this instance I refer specifically to your funding of the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast which facilitates these "Palookaville" nights http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60... on an at least once a month basis.

Yours faithfully,

Conor Small

Maria Lynch, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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Ref: FOI/148

Dear Mr Small <<Public information leaflet.doc>>

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information as per the below email.

I am dealing with it under the terms of the above legislation.

The leaflet attached tells you about the legislation and the procedures I
will follow in handling your request.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable but if that is the case I will
let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

M Lynch

Operations Officer

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Dear Maria Lynch,

Thank you for your prompt acknowledgement.

Yours sincerely,

Conor Small

Maria Lynch, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Our Ref: FOI/148

Dear Mr Small

Freedom of Information Act 2000

I am writing to confirm that the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has now
completed its search for the information requested in your email dated 14
March 2011 (below).

In response to your request, I would advise that the Arts Council of
Northern Ireland has no policy in relation to funding unlicensed
bodies/charities who lease out their

premises for functions which allow/encourage a "bring your own" culture
which competes directly with licensed premises in the city. The criteria
used in the assessment of all our grant programmes, including those
through which the Oh Yeah Music Centre have received funding, are
available on our website -
[1]http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/subpages/f... . In addition, our
policies in relation to individual artforms can be found here -
[2]http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/subpages/a... .

If you have any queries about this response please contact us at 028 9038
5200 in the first instance. You have the right to request a formal review
by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and if you wish to do so, please
write to me at the address below.

If after such an internal review you are still unhappy with the response,
you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at 51
Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8FE, who will undertake an independent
review.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in future communications.

Yours sincerely

MARIA LYNCH

Operations Officer

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