Venues get €25m to plan live summer performances

As Ireland emerges from lockdown the surest sign of a return to normal will be live performances at venues across the country.

Commercial venues, producers and promoters have been given €25m from the Irish Government to plan live performances across Ireland over the summer months.

A total of 237 organisations out of 400 that applied will benefit from the scheme run by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. The full list of beneficiaries can be accessed here

“This funding will assist in the employment of performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, bringing much-needed employment to many who have not had work for many, many months”

Recipients of this funding range from small to large venues, producers and promoters, supporting live events in every county, including festivals, concerts, theatre productions, comedy and outdoor events. Grants under the scheme ranged from €10,000 up to €581,811 which went to Aiken Promotions in Dublin.

Other top beneficiaries included Pod Festivals Ltd which was allocated €423,135, Event Fuel which was allocated €423,135, EP Republic Limited which was allocated €423,135 and Body & Soul Event Creations which also received €423,135.

That’s entertainment

The funding is aimed at supporting events and venues across the country including the Olympia Theatre and Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, INEC Arena in Kerry, Indiependence Music and Arts Festival in Cork, Sea Sessions in Donegal and Lyric Opera Productions in Meath’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado, to name a few.

This scheme is part of a €50m suite of measures to support the live entertainment sector and follows exceptional demand and very successful outcomes of the €5m pilot Live Performance Support Scheme.  Developed in consultation with the sector, the main objective of this scheme is to provide significant employment and wellbeing opportunities across the live entertainment sector and will support the continued generation of high quality artistic output for the general public.

The scheme aims to support live performances particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to Covid-19, and where funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.

There was a high level of interest in this scheme, with over 400 imaginative and diverse applications submitted for consideration, once again reflecting the resilient, talented and innovative nature of this sector.

“I know this funding will assist in the employment of performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, bringing much-needed employment to many who have not had work for many, many months,” said Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, TD.

“I look forward to the high quality artistic output, as demonstrated in the pilot, which has been so important and enjoyed by so many.”

“I have recently provided a further €5m under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme for local authorities to engage local performers and crew to stage live performances in their areas, creating further employment opportunities over the coming months.”

Main image at top: Fiddler’s Bid perform live at Folkfest, INEC, Killarney. Image: Paul Keeling/Shutterstock

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 16 June 2021

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