New €15m ‘business restart’ grant scheme for the live performance sector

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD today announced a new restart grant scheme for venues, producers, and promoters that stage events in the arts and culture live performance sector.

In total, €15m will be made available under the new Live Performance Restart Grant Scheme (LPRGS).

Minister Martin said, “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.”

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.

Grants of up to €100,000 will be provided.

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

Minister Martin added,“I know how difficult the past two years has been for those operating in the live performance sector. Since the lifting of restrictions on January 22nd, 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”

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