€15m grants for live performance sector

Grants of up to €100,000 will be provided for eligible businesses to underpin the sector’s recovery in 2022.

Grants of up to €100,000 will be provided for eligible businesses to underpin the sector’s recovery in 2022

A new restart grant scheme for venues, producers and promoters that stage events in the arts and culture live performance sector has been confirmed.

“I know how difficult the past two years has been for those operating in the live performance sector”

In total, €15m will be made available under the new Live Performance Restart Grant Scheme (LPRGS) introduced by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, TD.

Grants of up to €100,000 will be provided. Guidelines for the new scheme are available here.

Music to sector’s ears

The scheme will open for applications via an online portal on Tuesday March 22nd at 1pm.

“I have seen how important the 2021 Live Performance Support Scheme was in providing employment opportunities for businesses to engage the services of artists, musicians, technicians, producers, and other professional practitioners. 

“Now that Covid restrictions are behind us, I want to support operators in the sector to get back to what they do best.”

She said the scheme aims to help the recovery of the live performance sector by providing business restart grants to companies/venues/producers and promoters in the arts and culture live performance sector.

“I know how difficult the past two years has been for those operating in the live performance sector,” Martin added.

“Since the lifting of restrictions on 22 January  it has been wonderful to see so many gigs, theatre events and other live performances going ahead. 

“I know that challenges remain, and this new business restart grant is designed to help the sector to recover fully, and get back to full capacity as soon as possible.”

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.

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