June 29, 2022

The Ireland government has announced to provide basic income to approximately 2,000 artists, actors, musicians and other performers for three years.

The government has effectively opened a consultation on how the Basic Income for the Arts scheme will run. It will also be providing a specific number of people working in the arts after the procedure, in order for them to pursue their creative work with a payment each week. The consultations will run through until 27 January.

So far according to the consultations, a basic payment of €10.50 (£8.75) an hour has been suggested.

With prolonged COVID-19 restrictions in the Republic of Ireland, the arts and entertainment venues in Northern Ireland were closed for a long time.

Catherine Martin, the Irish minister for tourism, culture, arts, Gaeltacht, sports and media had set up an Arts and Culture taskforce to suggest ways in which the arts sector could recover from the unparalleled damage caused by the pandemic.

While its top recommendation was to experiment in the arts, culture, audio-visual and live performance and events sectors to given a basic income scheme for a three-year period.

According to reports, Ms Martin had previously mentioned that the Irish government was committing to put out about €25m (£20.87m) in the probable scheme and start running the same by early 2022.

The government during its consultations session is examining and asking for the views on details as to who should be eligible for the income, what the objectives of the scheme should be, how they will be selected and what should be the appropriate level of pay be.

It is not yet clear exactly how many of those working in the arts and culture will be entitled the payment; however, a figure of 2,000 people has previously been suggested.

According to the consultation, it suggested that in case there are more people eligible for the scheme and there are places available, the participants then may have to be selected through a random lot.

The government of Ireland in general have been able to provide a number of schemes that are aimed at providing support to people working in arts and culture and venues affected by COVID-19 restrictions.