Calling all creatives!
This is a free online event for professional artists and creatives in Louth, supported by CreateLouth The Arts Service of Louth County Council in conjunction with Creative Spark, Dundalk.
The importance of managing your wellbeing and mental health has never been as important as in the past year, in light of the challenges that have faced all of us. Artists and creatives are dealing with loss of income, connection and even confidence as the Covid-19 pandemic impacted hugely on careers. Recognising the importance of resilience and coping skills, this webinar will present some strategies to assist maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.
Areas that will be focused on will include insights and techniques for people to gain and feel more in control; more in control of their thoughts and emotions so as they may learn to reduce stress and anxiety. The webinar will be looking at the power of belief systems and how to develop more powerful beliefs about yourself and your life, along with actionable techniques on how to boost and maintain your self-esteem.
‘We want to pack this webinar with info to help you take the power back for you in such unprecedented and unpredictable times, and is aimed at supporting professional artists in Louth from all genres’. Barry Kieran, Thrive Programme Coach.
Booking essential: Click on link below (Eventbrite) to register to view the webinar, and an access link will be forwarded to you in advance.
The Webinar will remain online on Saturday 30th January and Sunday 31st January for you to watch on a smartphone/ laptop/pc/tablet etc.
8 IRISH ACTS TO SHOWCASE THIS WEEK at ESNS Online
ESNS (Eurosonic) is an annual showcase of European music to bookers, festivals and agents from Europe and around the world and is a key showcase event for artists breaking European markets and airwaves.
ESNS which usually takes place in Groningen, in the Netherlands, has moved online this year and 8 Irish acts will be showcasing across the festival’s line-up. The festival showcases artists from all over Europe and this year they are making the online event free to all via https://esns.nl/
The full list of Irish acts selected for this year’s festival are:
The online showcases event will be available to Irish audiences and industry for free for 2021 (please note that all times are CET so if you are tuning in, remember in Ireland, it will be an hour earlier).
Fancy a MART Studio in your area?
MART have a very short 1 minute nationwide survey to artists and creatives across Ireland interested in MART opening a studio near you.
Please visit www.mart.ie/nationwide to complete survey.
At MART Studios we pride ourselves on sustaining a community of studios that offer affordable, cooperative and professional environments for the development of all things cultural! We do this by working with local landlords and authorities to inhabit spaces that facilitate artists’ studios and workspaces for creatives. We cater to emerging and established practitioners with a range of studios and project spaces for all forms of creativity.
We are one of the largest suppliers of independent space for the arts, cultural and creative community in Ireland, now supporting 150 members in several studio buildings across Dublin. Our members and studios have a strong impact on the local and national Creative Economy. Our studios have great transport links and neighbour some of Dublin’s best bars, cafés, restaurants & vintage shops.
New to MART? Check out www.mart.ie
While the opening of museums, galleries and cinemas is very welcome, Theatre Forum has joined with colleagues this week to express disappointment that safe and controlled events in theatres, arts centres and music venues remain prohibited under the guidelines.
We know how hard arts centres and theatres throughout Ireland have worked to ensure that they are models of best practice, and to provide safe environments for artists, staff and audience and will continue to make this case.
Clarity for Arts Centres planning cinema programmes from December
Cinemas are permitted to open by exemption under Level 3 restrictions and this week the Department has confirmed that professionally run arts centres and other arts and culture facilities which operate as cinemas may open under the same exemption. Cinemas are considered a controlled environment with members of the public in assigned socially-distanced seating, masked and all facing the same way. The maximum capacity of 50 people should apply with strict 2m distancing, face coverings, groups of up to 6, no commingling of groups and staggered start and finish times in cinemas or arts centres with multiple screens. Note that if your capacity is greater than 50 people at 2m distancing, you are still restricted to the limit of 50.
If you’re planning a cinema programme, check that you’re compliant with the agreed ‘Guidance for the Safe Operation of Cinemas during Covid-19’. It’s similar to the latest Arts Centre – Working During Covid-19 Guidelines but with some specific requirements.
Organisations operating as a cinema facility should include a pop-up banner and link on its website with the following wording “We are committed to the Health & Safety of our staff and audiences. And we operating under the agreed protocols described under “Guidance documents for the Safe Operations of Cinemas during COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021”. A copy of which can be found here http://saveyourcinema.ie/” with a hyperlink to the document. The banner should be in a prominent position.
Arts Centres and other facilities may make their own arrangements for cinema opening dates, but must be fully compliant with the Guidance for the Safe Operation of Cinemas during Covid-19 before they do so. In addition, Arts Council funded arts centres and facilities that plan a cinema programme should also notify the Arts Council of their opening dates.
The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, today welcomed the publication of “LIFE WORTH LIVING”, the Report of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce.
It has been widely acknowledged that the impact of COVID-19 on the Arts and Culture sector has been more detrimental, and will last longer, than in nearly any other sector. Almost all activity has stopped and it is likely that for many parts of the sector it will be among the last to restart.
The Taskforce has now completed its work and its Chairperson, Ms. Clare Duignan, submitted the report to the Minister, which was noted by Government earlier today. You can view the report here.
The Government has announced a move, for the whole of the country, to Level 5 of the Resilience and Recovery Plan with effect from midnight on Wednesday 21st October for a proposed period of 6 weeks to be reviewed after 4 weeks. Level 5 states that workplace attendance is for ‘essential workers only’. The Government has stated that manufacturing, construction, schools and childcare are all essential services. In addition, there is an updated list of essential services that includes the following note on ‘information and communications’ which we believe is relevant to our sector:
“the production of television and radio programmes, video, sound, digital or other electronic content and the broadcast or publication of the same to the public or a portion of the public.”
It is our understanding that recording and live streaming can take place if all the cast, crew and musicians are under contract/professionals, adhering to all the HSA and relevant workplace protocols. We suggest that decisions to go ahead with recording/streaming/publishing
Welfare & employment supports
A new payment structure for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has been introduced as follows;
* Prior Weekly Earnings (Gross) of less than €200 has a PUP Payment of €203
* Prior Weekly Earnings (Gross) of €200 – €299.99 has a PUP Payment of €250
* Prior Weekly Earnings (Gross) of €300 – €399.99 has a PUP Payment of €300
* Prior Weekly Earnings (Gross) of more than €400 has a PUP Payment of €350
The change to payment rates will apply for payments issued from Tuesday 27 October (PUP is paid weekly on a Tuesday) in respect of all existing and new applicants.
The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) is to be amended with 5 payment rates/bands as follows:
* 0 – €151.49 = €0
* >€151.50 < €203 = €203
* >€203 < €300 = €250
* >€300 < €400 = €300
* >€400< €1,462 = €350
The main aim of this scheme is to ensure where possible employees retain their link with their employer rather than become unemployed. This revised scheme will run to end January 2021.
Minister for Culture, Arts, Media, Tourism, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, has announced a new package of €6m to support the promotion of live music events, songwriting, album releases and music PR.
Under a new Live Performance Support Scheme announced yesterday (9 September), a total of €5m is being made available to commercial venues, promoters and producers who do not ordinarily receive public funding. Promoters can apply for grants from €10,000 to a maximum of €800,000 which can be used to fund 75% of eligible costs. The aim is to assist live performances to go ahead where capacity is restricted and to offset costs that may be caused by the pandemic.
In addition, the Minister has announced €1m for a Music Industry Stimulus Package that is being managed by the music organisation First Music Contact. The initiative includes three schemes – Songwriting Stimulus, Recording Stimulus, and Album Release Stimulus – that are aimed towards the popular and commercial music sector across all music genres, including rock, pop, hip hop, indie, jazz, country & western, traditional and folk.
Under the songwriting scheme, €6,000 is available for ‘Songwriting Camps’, defined as two or more IMRO-registered songwriters engaging with a studio or producers to collaborate on new works; the Recording Stimulus scheme provides grants of €1,200 for a single, €4,000 for an EP, and €6,000 for an album; while the Album Release Stimulus scheme provides a grant to the value of €5,000 to cover the cost of hiring an Irish-based PR Company, credit with the music distribution company Yangaroo, and a contribution towards the costs of the production of the recording.
Commenting on the new schemes, Minister Martin said:
I am conscious of the unprecedented nature of the challenge facing live performance promoters and producers, not least from a financial point of view and accordingly am pleased to announce this funding response… These schemes will also support the music professionals who work with artists and facilitate music performance, recording and album release.