Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne has welcomed the launch of new music and performance support schemes to aid employment in the arts and music industries given the unprecedented nature of the challenge facing the live performance sectors owing to Covid-19 restrictions.
€5 million will be available under the Live Performance Support Scheme, which aims to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters of live performances and provide employment to workers in the creative industries.
The main objective of the scheme is to provide employment opportunities in the ticketed performance sector and allow commercial organisers of live performances to commence preparations immediately and productions to go ahead in the near future while also complying with public health protection measures.
A further support package, the Music Stimulus Package, involves three funding schemes designed to help sustain the popular and commercial music sector across all music genres. Under this package, a fund of €1,000,000 is being put in place to stimulate areas of work which artists would usually fund with income from own sources including live event fees.
“I am glad that the funding response will help Wexford venues get back on their feet in anticipation of the return of audiences to live performance.
These schemes will also support Wexford music professionals who work with artists and facilitate music performance, recording and album release.”
Applications can be made immediately on chg.gov.ie.