Ireland launches basic income scheme for 2,000 selected artists

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As the world struggles to work through a pandemic, governments are looking for new ways to revitalize their countries. This is why Ireland is implementing a recovery strategy aimed at its arts and culture sector, which has been devastated by the difficulties of 2020. The Basic Income for the Arts program will provide a weekly payment of 325 € (about 355 USD) to 2,000 selected artists and creators over a three-year period.

This pilot initiative was proposed after the Arts and Culture Recovery Task Force took stock of the many challenges faced by creatives working in Ireland and assessed how best to revive the arts sector. “This announcement heralds a new era for the arts in Ireland,” said Irish Minister Catherine Martin. “As our artists and creative professionals emerge from the devastating impact of the pandemic, the government is committed to providing an unprecedented level of support as they seek to rebuild their livelihoods. I want the arts to not only recover, but to flourish. That’s why I secured funding to help deliver this program, which was a key priority for me in the budget.

All eligible recipients will be randomly selected and will receive a weekly payment of $355 from 2022 to 2025 with no spending restrictions. It is open to creatives working in the visual arts, including theatre, dance and architecture, as well as music and other disciplines. “This pilot project represents a groundbreaking opportunity for us to explore how the role of the artist in Irish society can be protected and nurtured so that we can continue to be inspired by great art for generations to come,” adds the Minister Martin.

Basic Income applications close on Thursday 12 May 2022. You can find out more about eligibility and how to apply via the Irish Government website.

Ireland’s new Basic Income for the Arts scheme will grant 2,000 selected artists a payment of €325 (approximately US$355) per week over a three-year period.

h/t: [Hyperallergic]

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