The allocation of €5 million under the “Live Performance Support Scheme” is being made available to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters of live performance and provide employment to workers in the creative industries. In addition, an allocation of €1 million under the Music Stimulus package is dedicated to musicians and their teams.
The Minister for Culture, Arts, Media, Tourism, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin T.D., launched a number of new music and performance support schemes to aid employees in the creative industries given the unprecedented nature of the challenge facing the music and live performance sectors owing to Covid-19 restrictions.
The “Live Performance Support Scheme” will help to de-risk the costs of preparing for new productions which may subsequently have to be postponed, cancelled or curtailed due to restrictions to safeguard public health, the Department said.
The key objective of the scheme is to provide employment in the ticketed performance sector and allow organisers of live performances to begin with their preparations immediately. Producers may go ahead in the near future while also complying with public health protection measures. The scheme has been developed following consultation with the sector and will be managed directly by the Department.
€1 million under Music Stimulus Package
The Music Stimulus package comes with three subdivisions created to support and sustain the popular and commercial music sector across all music genres.
This package enables artists to fund projects that they would usually fund with an income of their own. Hence, this acts as a stimulus to various creative areas of work for artists.
Targeted at professional musicians and their teams, the scheme will support songwriting camps, recording and album releases, the department stated.
“The aim is to ensure that Irish musicians, engineers, PR, media, agents, labels and publishers can continue to develop and share their work in the context of Covid-19 restrictions.” the department further added.
Minister Catherine Martin’s announcement
Announcing the new measures of support, Minister Martin said, “I am conscious of the unprecedented nature of the challenge facing live performance promoters and producers, not least from a financial point of view and accordingly am pleased to announce this funding response that will assist established commercial venues and promoters to employ performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff up to the end of 2020 in anticipation of the return of audiences to live performance.”
“Further, to help ensure the survival and revival of the music industry in Ireland, I am announcing the introduction of a number of schemes which have been designed to provide incentives for creating new work, the recording of new music from all music genres and the promotion and release of work, which might not otherwise happen in 2020,” she added.
“These schemes will also support the music professionals who work with artists and facilitate music performance, recording and album release.”
Application forms and guidelines for the Live Performance Support Scheme can be accessed on chg.gov.ie