Tuesday, April 12, 2022





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Laois artists can apply for the Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme from 1pm today, 12 April through the online portal at gov.ie/BasicIncomeArts. The scheme is being run by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

  • The application portal will remain open until 12 May


  • Eligible artists and creative arts workers are encouraged to apply


The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will examine, over a three-year period, the impact of a basic income on artists and creative arts workers in Laois.  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.


Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht and Media, Catherine Martin said: “I believe that this scheme is the start of a fundamental change in the way Ireland supports and recognises her artists and arts community.  The idea for the Basic Income for the Arts pilot arose as the number one recommendation from the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce, which I established in 2020 in response to the devastation wreaked by the Covid pandemic on our arts sector.”

Applicants are advised to read the scheme Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions before beginning their application to check if they are eligible.  A user guide and video are also available on the portal to assist applicants.

The application window will be open from 1pm today and will close at 1pm on Thursday, 12 May.


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