Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Covid-19 Pandemic Supports
227. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her officials have finalised the administrative arrangements for the music entertainment business assistance scheme. [27940/21]
I have made an allocation of €14 million to a Music Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme to contribute towards the ongoing overheads of businesses, specifically musicians and related crew, that have been significantly negatively affected by COVID-19 and that do not qualify for other business supports. Under the scheme, businesses including musicians, singers, lighting and sound crew and audio equipment suppliers - whether sole traders, partnerships or incorporated entities - operating exclusively within the commercial live entertainment sector will be eligible to apply. This scheme has been developed following consultation with the sector and will be managed directly by my Department. The administrative arrangements for the scheme are being finalised and I hope to open the scheme for applications shortly.