The Music & Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme (MEBAS) has extended applications until 1PM, July 21.
According to Gov.ie, The €14million scheme is aimed at helping “businesses whether sole traders, partnerships or incorporated entities operating exclusively within the live entertainment sector.”
Applications are open for all those involved in the sector; from DJs and singers to equipment suppliers and stage managers. However, the scheme does come with certain requirements for applicants to be eligible.
The scheme, which has been open since June 9, has come under some criticism for excluding artists for so long and only offering real help now. The Music & Entertainment Association of Ireland (MEAI) has still encouraged workers in the industry to apply, if eligible.
The extension comes as the live entertainment industry has entered its 16th month closed. Even with the extension, the initial application period opened up incredibly late to an industry already reeling from the disastrous fallout of the COVID-19 Pandemic. With the threat of the Delta variant looming, the Irish government may be readying the industry for yet more disappointment.
However, Ireland’s first pilot event last weekend will have drawn some optimism for workers in the sector. It represents a major move forward toward reopening up with over 3,500 attendees. Despite the negativity with the NPHET projections for the Delta Variant, this extension should also be seen as a huge help for those in the sector.
To find out more about the scheme, and if you are eligible for assistance please follow the link.