€25m In Funding Allocated To Help Stage Festivals And Live Performances
€25 million in funding has been allocated to help stage festivals and live performances in Ireland.
As reported by rte.ie, recipients of the funding range from small venues to large venues to producers and promoters, and approximately 400 applications were received for the funding, 237 were successful, including applications by the companies that are responsible for staging Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, and Indiependence.
Body and Soul Ltd will reportedly receive more than €400,000 for an Equinox event "to showcase exemplary Irish practitioners of music, comedy, spoken-word, set design, cross-pollinating practices, creating new authentic performances", and the same amount has reportedly been granted to Fuel for a virtual Kaleidoscope Festival as well as to the Pod for an outdoor socially distanced Meadows music and comedy festival.
Meanwhile, the Indiependence Music and Arts Festival will reportedly receive funding for an outdoor concert series at Tramore Valley Park in Cork called PaircLife; MCD Productions will reportedly receive €264,000 for a music festival; Co. Kerry's Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney will reportedly recieve funds to help stage live shows at the INEC; Galway’s Róisín Dubh Pub and John Cleere's Bar and Theatre in Kilkenny will reportedly receive help for a series of live performances; Fossett's Circus will reportedly receive funding to tour around Ireland; and Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre will reportedly receive help assistance to stage a musical celebrating its 150th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Eurovision Live called Road to Eurovision.
Minister for tourism, culture, arts, Gaeltacht, sport and media Catherine Martin reportedly said that the funding will help employ performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff, and the Department of Arts reportedly said that the aim of the Live Performance Support Scheme is to help in situations in which live event capacity is restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will reportedly also make live performances viable or alternatively available online if people cannot attend event as a result of restrictions to the pandemic.
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