'I do not want to see stages going dark' - Minister announces €50m live sector supports
The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media has announced €50million in supports for the live performance sector.
Minister Catherine Martin detailed the supports, which are in response to new restrictions on the sector's capacities, during an announcement yesterday.
She said, "The live entertainment sector has been asked to shoulder a heavy burden with these new restrictions. This is not where we wanted to be but the epidemiological situation is such that we must try to reduce socialisation to manage COVID-19 case numbers over the coming weeks.
"I know audiences are still seeking live performance experiences after venues were closed for so long and I do not want to see stages going dark in the coming weeks. LPSS 3 will provide venues with the flexibility to decide if they will proceed with their events or reschedule and keep artists and crew employed."
Supports will include €34million for the Live Performance Support Scheme, which aims to support performances in December and January which may need to be cancelled, curtailed or rescheduled, as well as performances staged from February 2022 to June 2022.
The seasonal musical theatre and pantomime scheme will receive €5million, with a further €5million each for adaptation grants for venues, a Local Authorities artists and performance supports.
One million euro has also been allocated to the Saint Patricks Festival 2022.
Minister Martin confirmed her commitment to supporting the live performance and nightclub sector "as they journey through a difficult and unprecedented phase of business operations".
She said, "I am conscious of how important these pantomimes and seasonal musical theatre shows are for the businesses that stage them. I would like to see as many of these productions as possible continue even with 50% of the usual audiences. Families and children across the country look forward to these every year and it is important they go ahead now more than ever."
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