Words: Dylan Murphy
Catherine Martin has revealed an increase in the Music Industry Stimulus Package. With key supports designed to stimulate song writing, recording and album releases from artists across Ireland.
Today, the government announced that the 2020 music stimulus package’s funding has increased by around €700,000 to €1.7 million. It follows a large number of high-quality applicants.
Catherine Martin said, “Given the exceptionally strong response to the Music Industry Stimulus Package with 1,795 applications received, I have decided to increase funding for the package to ensure musicians can continue to develop and share their work in the context of COVID restrictions.”
The arrives alongside the issue of initial funding decisions which will support 79 song writing camps and 56 new album releases.
Martin also noted, “These initial €725,000 funding awards support those working in the music industry including musicians, engineers, public relations, media, agents, labels and publishers as well as ensuring national and international listeners can still enjoy our great musicians work.”
Following the halting of live music as we know it, the package was introduced to help support artists suffering from reduced incomes. The Package covers songwriting camps, recordings and album releases.
The decisions announced today relate to song writing and releases. Given the high volume of applications for recording support, decisions for this scheme, with funding of close to €1 million, will now be announced in mid-November.