As decisions have been announced today about indoor dining being deferred until later in July, levels of uncertainty around what’s possible for arts events have also risen sharply. Here’s an overview of the guidelines that are coming and those currently in place so you and your teams can consider the various announcements and implications for your programme in context.
Minister for Arts Catherine Martin has announced the recipients of the new Live Performance Support Scheme, created to support the return of live music and events this year.
A total of €25m has been granted to a range of event promoters, including major music promoters, to plan performances across the country over the summer months. Among the announcements are €582k for Aiken Promotions for performances in Vicar Street, €423k for Pod Festivals for a summer series of events titled Meadows, €423k for Electric Picnic for events in Stradbally and the Olympia Theatre, and €423k for Body and Soul for an event titled Equinox.
Schweppe Curtis Nunn, who curated Brightening Air/Coiscéim Coiligh, which is currently running, have been awarded €291k for an event titled Electric Caravan, a series of one-day micro-festivals at four historic houses; MCD have received €265 for a concert featuring rap, R&B, drill and pop; and the Indiependence festival has been awarded €265k to present PaircLife, an outdoor concert series at Tramore Valley Park in Cork.
In classical music, Lyric Opera has been granted €233k for a production of The Mikado, and Breda Cashe Productions have received €208k for an opera adaptation of James Joyce’s The Dead, which will be produced at the Gaiety.
Ashwood Music Administration has also been granted €42k for a new theatrical music work by composer David Downes and playwright Adam Wyeth, to be performed by Olwen Fouéré, Owen Roe, Hugh Tinney and Adrian Mantu.
Leagues O’Toole’s Foggy Notions company has been awarded €79k for a new Dún Laoghaire folk music festival, and Vantastival has been awarded €74k for a two-day rock and folk event at Beaulieu House and Gardens in Drogheda.
The funding follows a pilot scheme that was run last year. Commenting on the awards, Minister Martin said:
I know this funding will assist in the employment of performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, bringing much-needed employment to many who have not had work for many, many months. I look forward to the high quality artistic output, as demonstrated in the pilot, which has been so important and enjoyed by so many.
See the full list of recipients below. For more, visit www.gov.ie.
Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people.
Delivered in partnership with the 31 Local Authorities and supported by RTÉ, you are invited to participate in a programme of fun, free, creative activities; from graffiti art workshops to stop-motion animation, to coding and architecture workshops!
‘Bold steps are necessary for our invaluable and much treasured arts community’: Minister for Arts to Develop Basic Income Plans by July’
Minister for Arts Catherine Martin has said that she has secured a commitment from government to prioritise the basic income for artists and will develop a proposal for a pilot scheme by July.
The announcement was made yesterday (1 June) as part of the government’s post-pandemic Economic Recovery Plan 2021.
Minister Martin said:
We recognise that bold steps are necessary for our invaluable and much treasured arts community to come back stronger than ever before. I will therefore develop a proposal for the Basic Income guarantee pilot scheme by July, working with my Cabinet colleague Minister Heather Humphreys in the Department of Social Protection.
The ‘basic income guarantee pilot scheme for artists’ will be the forerunner to a more widespread UBI pilot, which was a commitment in the Programme for Government published last June. The UBI pilot was meant to take place within the lifetime of the government. Because of the pandemic, however, and the collapse of the live music sector, a UBI pilot for artists became the main recommendation of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce, which published its report last November.
The government’s commitment to the basic income for artists was welcomed yesterday by the National Campaign for the Arts. A statement said: ‘It has the potential to be an historic milestone for the arts in Ireland, a reflection of a nation that truly and authentically understands and supports the artistic process.’
Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme
As well as the Basic Income for Artists, Minister Martin has also announced (2 June) a new Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme (MEBAS) that will open for applications next Wednesday 9 June at 1pm.
The fund of €14m is available to assist businesses in the live entertainment sector that have been significantly negatively affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
This includes musicians, singers, sound engineers, lighting engineers, audio engineers, stage managers, stage technicians, sound and lighting equipment suppliers, live-streaming equipment suppliers, and full-time disc jockeys. Payments of between €2,500 and €5,000 are available. Find out more here.
For more on the Basic Income Guarantee pilot scheme announcement, see here.
Published on 2 June 2021 via Journal of Music
An Táin Arts Centre are delighted to announce that work has begun on The Táin Tapestry an intercounty community, visual arts project where 5 tapestries / banners will be created to celebrate the
Táin Bó Cuailnge. Funded by Creative Ireland and produced by An Táin Arts Centre, each tapestry
will depict a scene from the great epic that relates to each of the five counties that the Táin March
Festival march through every year, namely Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Meath and Louth.
Louth based Sophie Coyle is the lead artist on the project and will work with a project facilitator in
each county who will guide a group of community sewers in creating each tapestry. When placed
together the five tapestries will portray the overall story of the Táin, while each piece will also stand
alone as an individual artwork to be enjoyed. Once completed, each Tapestry will be brought
together for the launch of the Táin March Festival 2022 and then each piece will be housed on public
display within each County.
The project was the idea of Mary Claire Cowley Audience Development Manager at An Táin Arts
Centre and Mel O’ Loan from the Táin March Festival. Mary Claire says about the project “In these
times where we are being asked to stay apart, this is an opportunity for us as counties bound by the
ties of the Táin to come together in this collaborative, historical celebration of our identity and
culture through traditional craft.”
For further information on the project contact An Táin Arts Centre 042 9332332 or visit
www.antain.ie and anyone resident in any of the five counties who are interested in taking part in
the sewing of the Tapestry are urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
IMRO Live Streaming Tariff – Consultation
Friday 21 May, 11.30am, Zoom
IMRO is conducting a public consultation on the introduction its new Live Streaming Tariff. As part of this consultation process, IMRO’s Commercial Director – Public Performance, DJ Corbett will be available to hear your views on the introduction of this new tariff.
Please feel free to share this invitation with interested colleagues and we’re asking everyone to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
IMRO – Live Streaming Tariff
The consultation applies to all live streamed events that incorporate copyright music as part of the performance and any subsequent catch up or download of those live streamed events. It seeks to understand your insights and valuable experience of live streaming including revenues, production costs, live streaming demand and any other information you believe is relevant to the setting of a new tariff.
Note that Live Streamed events that are free of charge and hosted on platforms already licensed by IMRO, such as Youtube and Facebook, are outside the scope of this proposed tariff and this consultation process.
Payscales 2021 – Collecting the Evidence to Advocate for Positive Change
Deadline to complete survey 31 May 2021
As we enter into the next and hopefully reopening phase of Covid-19, Theatre Forum, the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA), the Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) will be redoubling our efforts to campaign for more sustainable careers for people working in the cultural sector in the post-Covid future.
To the hundreds of people who have completed their survey in the last few weeks, thank you. If you’re still getting around to it, please complete the version of the survey relevant to you before its 31 May closing date. You know that the more responses we receive, the most robust the survey analysis and evidence allowing us to advocate on your behalf.
Individual Payscales survey
Click here if you are answering this survey as an individual.
In this survey, which will take around 20 minutes to complete, we have to ask you some quite personal questions. All your responses will be anonymous and provide us with important evidence to make the case for UBI as well as improved pay and conditions for artists. It will be quicker to complete if you have information about your income in 2019 and 2020 to hand. We would be grateful if you could answer as fully as you can.
Payscales Survey for Production Companies, Venues, and Festivals
Click here if you are answering this survey as a production company.
Click here if you are answering this survey as a venue.
Click here if you are answering this survey as a festival.
We know that our members are under considerable pressure of work at present so have made this survey as concise as possible. It will take you around 20 minutes to complete and will be quicker if you have to hand information about your staff numbers and pay levels at the end of December 2019 and 2020.
‘It feels pretty rare to be acknowledged for what I can paint rather than what statement I can write. The Moth Art Prize is very much an artist’s art prize.’ Geraldine Swayne
The Moth Art Prize is run by the acclaimed international art & literature magazine The Moth. A quarterly printed magazine, it features poetry, fiction, interviews and contemporary art – from the likes of Chantal Joffe, Cesar Santos and Victor Mann.
The prize is judged by the publishers of The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan. They are looking for two-dimensional portraiture, figurative or other representational work of any size – work that is courageous and bold and is in tune with the aesthetic of The Moth, contemporary but timeless. Work should be submitted electronically for consideration in the form of good quality digital images suitable for print.
The Moth Art Prize is open to anyone (over 16) from anywhere in the world.
The prize is €1,000 and the winning artist’s work will be published in The Moth.
previous winners testimonials
‘Being selected for The Moth Art Prize was a real surprise. I am particularly delighted to have my recent paintings featured in The Moth – a prestigious honour, given the standard of work curated in the magazine.’ Craigie Harper
‘I’m over the moon about winning The Moth Art Prize. The Moth has always been brilliantly curated, with exquisite artwork and thoughtful writing throughout.’ Gregory Mortenson
‘I am so grateful to the folks at The Moth for awarding me this prize. I think getting out of New York for a bit will be healthy. It will be an amazing and much-needed time to regroup, reflect on my work and tinker with some new ideas.’ Bradley Wood
‘A lot of credit should go to The Moth, always wonderfully idiosyncratic and beautifully designed, for launching the prize and responding to figurative painting, largely ignored by the contemporary art scene. We have nothing like it in the UK.’ David Piddock
Entry fee: €20
Closing date: 31 August 2021
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