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Music / June 2, 2021

€14m fund available for sound engineers, technicians, DJs and more

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Music / June 2, 2021

€14m fund available for sound engineers, technicians, DJs and more

Words: Dylan Murphy

As part of the new Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme (MEBAS) €14m is being made available to the entertainment sector.

Today, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD revealed the Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme (MEBAS).

The scheme opens for applications at 13.00 on 9 June 2021 and €14m is available as a contribution to costs in businesses in the live entertainment sector that have been significantly negatively affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

A press release also noted that “Businesses that are not eligible for other business supports such as the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) or the Small Business Assistance Scheme for Covid (SBASC) are eligible to apply.”

The features of the Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme (MEBAS) are as follows;

  •  Sole traders, partnerships or incorporated entities operating as a business exclusively within the live entertainment sector are eligible to apply. Businesses of musicians and singers of all genres are eligible as are;
  • sound engineers,
  •  lighting engineers,
  • audio engineers,
  • stage managers,
  • stage technicians,
  • sound and lighting equipment suppliers,
  • live-streaming equipment suppliers,
  • full-time disc jockeys.
  • Support will be offered by way of a single once-off payment at three levels:
  • €2,500 for businesses with a VAT-exclusive turnover of €20,000 – €50,000 with minimum business costs of €3,000;
  • €4,000 for businesses with a VAT-exclusive turnover of €50,000 – €100,000 with minimum business costs of €6,000;
  • €5,000 for businesses with VAT-exclusive turnover in excess of €100,000 with minimum business costs of €7,500;
  • Turnover of the business for 1April 2020 – 31 March 2021 must be no more than 25% of the turnover of the business in the year for which accounts are submitted;
  • Business must intend to resume trading in full once government restrictions are eased.

The Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme will open for applications from 9 June 2021 to 7 July 2021 through an online application system. This date may be extended if funding remains available for the scheme. Further information in relation to MEBAS, including scheme guidelines, how to access the online application system and FAQs can be found here.

Speaking on the announcement, Minister Martin said:

“I am very pleased to open the Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme for applications from businesses.  This scheme is part of a €50 million suite of supports for those working in the live entertainment sector. This funding of €14 million will provide much needed support to those in the live performance sector that do not qualify for other business supports.”

The news follows the announcement that a pilot scheme that will grant Irish artists basic income will come to fruition this year.

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