The climate of uncertainty in the arts sector has only been worsened by the lack of urgency from the government to solve the evident problems in the sector. A sector that has been devoid of opportunity for over a year, and one that has been at the bottom of government engagement priorities. It’s a sector that, according to the National Campaign for the Arts(NCFA), is in danger of a future “irrevocably damaged.”
The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donoghue, announced last week that the government will press ahead in their plans for reducing the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.As the public health emergency begins to improve, this can hardly come as a surprise. Even less so considering the government has been aiming for PUP reductions since the lockdowns began.
The Music & Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme (MEBAS) has extended applications until 1PM, July 21. Applications are open for all those involved in the sector; from DJs and singers to equipment suppliers and stage managers.
Mark Prendergast attended the James Vincent McMorrow concert at the Iveagh Gardens yesterday. The Kodaline guitarist told Theatermaker.ie…
A number of pilot sporting and cultural events are set to take place in June and early July to test the logistical requirements for further reopening.
Artists’ experiences of pay and contractual arrangements are included in the survey to develop the Arts Council’s Paying the Artist policy and revise and update the Implementation Plan.
Art sector workers are now safe to return to studios, rehearsal rooms, or art centers to prepare for work under Covid-19 guidelines.