Words: Dylan Murphy
Last month, Catherine Martin TD, announced that a support package for commercial venues, producers and promoters to plan live performances was to be made available.
The purpose of the grants is to provide opportunities for artists to perform during the pandemic. Whether that be through a live socially-distanced audience (where permitted) or as part of live streaming.
The grants range from between €10,000 to €400,000 and were presented to promoters and venues of all sizes.
Speaking on the grant allocation, Martin said, “This scheme, designed after consultation with the sector, helps to de-risk the costs of running productions that may be postponed, cancelled or curtailed due to restrictions to safeguard public health. The live events sector was one of the first to close and I want to ensure that it will be supported and there once again for musicians, artists and performers.”
“I was also delighted to recently announce €50 million in support for the sector in Budget 2021 – which will encompass a range of supports for live entertainment events to take place in venues next year across the country, and other measures to support music, and a new grant scheme for equipment.”
Click here to see where the grants were allocated.