€50m support ‘a lifeline’ for artists

Fianna Fáil Senator for Eugene Murphy has said that the €50 million suite of measures to support the live entertainment industry during the Covid-19 pandemic will be a welcome lifeline for many artists.

“This €50m support scheme for the live entertainment industry includes a new €25 million Live Performance Support Scheme, support for sole traders and music businesses to pay fixed costs, a capital fund to install facilities for live streaming and a new local performance scheme for villages and towns,” he said.

A total of €14 million has also been allocated to assist businesses that do not qualify for other business supports.

“The Live Performance Support Scheme will open for applications from March 19th until April 14th.

“The €50 million funding also included €5 million to local authorities for outdoor live performances, €5 million capital supports and €1 million to the St. Patrick’s Festival,” concluded Senator Murphy.