€6 million live & music industry support packages announced by Irish government


Some good news for the commercial live music sector today.

Last night, the Minister for Culture, Arts, Media, Tourism, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin T.D announced a €6 million support package aimed at performance, live music industry and artists.

€5 million is being made available under the Live Performance Support Scheme and €1 million is provided to the Music Stimulus Package.

From the announcement:

Live Performance Support Scheme

An allocation of €5 million is being made 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 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 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. This scheme has been developed following consultation with the sector and will be managed directly by the Department.

Conditions and aims of the scheme include:

  • Support established commercial venues, promoters and producers , who do not ordinarily receive public funding, to provide employment opportunities in the sector during Covid-19.
  • Enable live performances to go ahead where ticketed capacity is restricted due to the Covid-19 and subsequently requires funding assistance in order to make live performances viable.
  • Provide financial support to defray additional production costs that may be caused by Covid-19.
  • Applicants can apply for a grant from €10,000 to a maximum of €800,000 which can be used to fund eligible costs at a 75% funding rate.
  • All grants will be paid out on the basis of paid invoices but the Department may consider providing some advanced prepayment of the grant under certain conditions.
  • Only one application per venue, promoter and producer will be considered.
  • Applications will only be accepted by emailto [email protected] until 1pm on the 25th September 2020.

Music Stimulus Package

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, including rock, pop, hip hop, indie, jazz, country and western and traditional and folk.  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.

The music support schemes are targeted at professional musicians and their teams and will support song writing camps, recording and album releases.  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 restrictions. The Music Stimulus Package schemes will be managed on behalf of the Department by First Music Contact and will be subject to peer panel assessment.

Key features of the these Support Schemes include-

  • Support the creation of employment opportunities in the culture, creative and music industries.
  • Address the large gap left by the absence of income from live performances
  • Support performances/work that will commence on or before 31 December 2020.
  • Support commercial venues, producers and promoters in the culture sector (e.g. music, entertainment and theatre).
  • Support the music professionals and aim 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 restrictions.

Applications can be made immediately.

Application Form and Guidelines for “Live Performance Support Scheme” may be accessed here.

Application Form and Guidelines for “Music Stimulus Package” may be accessed here.

Minister Catherine 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.  These schemes will also support the music professionals who work with artists and facilitate music performance, recording and album release.”

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