The announcement of €6 million funding package to support musicians and others working in the industry has been welcomed in Cork.
An allocation of €5 million has been set aside for the ‘Live Performance Support Scheme’ which aims to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters of live performances and provide employment to workers in the creative industries.
A further €1 million support package, the Music Stimulus Package, involves three funding schemes designed to help sustain the popular and commercial music sector across all music genres, including rock, pop, hip hop, indie, jazz, country and western and traditional and folk.
Under this package, a fund of €1,000,000 is being put in place to stimulate areas of work, which artists would usually fund with income from own sources including live event fees.
Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Aindrias Moynihan has welcomed the support packages.
“Unlike some industries which have returned following the reopening of society as we live with the coronavirus – live music performances and the music industry has remained parked,” he said.
“There is a vacuum for performers and musicians to earn a living. The funding announced by Government aims to address these challenges.
“For a small country of 5 million people we are known the world over for our musicians and arts sector. These talented individuals in all aspects of this sector need to be supported,” Deputy Moynihan added.
The Minister for Culture, Arts, Media, Tourism, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin launched the schemes with the main objective to provide employment opportunities in the ticketed performance sector and allow commercial organisers of live performances to commence preparations immediately and productions to go ahead in the near future while also complying with public health protection measures.
The schemes will support performances and work that will commence on or before 31 December.
Music professionals across the spectrum can benefit; including musicians, engineers, PR, media, agents, labels and publishers.