Government Announce Funds For Live Performance Sector

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The government has announced additional funding of €50m to support the Live Performance Sector.

The supports are in response to the introduction of new restrictions on live performance capacities.

The supports announced today for the sector include:

 €5m for the seasonal musical theatre and pantomime,

€20m for another strand of the Live Performance Support Scheme, specifically to support performances in December and January which may need to be cancelled, curtailed or rescheduled.

This scheme will open for applications on Friday 17 December. Venues, including nightclubs that stage live performances, producers and promoters can apply for up to 50% of their eligible costs

 €14m for another strand of the Live Performance Support Scheme to support performances being staged from February 2022 to June 2022.

This scheme will open in January 2022. €5m for Local Authorities to support local artists and performances through the Local Live Performance Support Scheme – this will include funding for community and local pantomimes

 €5m to continue the capital supports scheme to venues, including for ventilation upgrades and other COVID adaptations and €1m for the Saint Patrick’s Festival 2022.

The Minister is examining how further supports can be provided to the broader events sector. A further extension of the Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme which supports businesses in the music sector will be announced in January.

This scheme has provided grant support to businesses to cover costs up to the end of December. The announcement was made by Minister Catherine Martin who also announced 50 million in funding supports for the Tourism Sector yesterday to be administered by Failte Ireland.