Ireland’s Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme

Ireland’s Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme

The Irish Government opened a new and pioneering pilot scheme yesterday for applications, to support artists and creative arts workers. The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will examine, over a 3 year period, the impact of a basic income on artists and creative arts workers. Payments of €325 per week will be made to 2,000 eligible artists and creative arts workers who will be selected at random and invited to take part.

The scheme was launched by the Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin’s Temple Bar today. It is recognition, at government level, of the important role of the arts in Irish society. It also places a value on the time spent developing a creative practice and producing art. The main objective of the scheme is to address the financial instability faced by many working in the arts.

A basic income for the arts was the number one recommendation of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce Life Worth Living Report which was set up by Minister Catherine Martin in 2020 to examine how the sector could adapt and recover from the unprecedented damage arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sing Ireland encourages artists and arts workers to embrace this trial and apply, to enable and allow for the opportunity to explore and understand, refine and reshape the scheme with the common goal of rolling out future schemes.

Published 13 April 2022
Back to all News & Events