1st June 2021 | Press Releases

Green Party Minister Catherine Martin TD secures Basic Income Guarantee Pilot Scheme for artists – a first for Ireland


Catherine Martin TD, Green Party Deputy Leader and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, announced today (June 1st) that she has secured a Basic Income Guarantee pilot scheme for artists, as part of the government’s recovery plan. The Green Party has long demonstrated support for the arts community and Minister Martin has been a driving force within government in securing the pilot scheme as part of a recovery package announced today, including tens of millions of euro in ongoing support.

Minister Martin welcomed the government’s commitment, stating she will be bringing forward a proposal for the scheme;

“I am delighted that in today’s National Economic Recovery Plan I have secured a commitment for Government to prioritise a Basic Income Guarantee Pilot Scheme for artists. This was the number one recommendation from artists and the sector through the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce Report Life Worth Living.

“This is unprecedented, and the pilot scheme will involve a significant number of artists.

“We recognise bold steps are necessary for our invaluable and much treasured arts community to come back stronger than ever before. Next step, I bring forward a proposal for the basic income guarantee pilot scheme, working with my Cabinet colleague Minister Heather Humphreys in the Department of Social Protection.”

Minister Martin also confirmed the rollout of other supports for the arts and entertainment industry, including:

  • The Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme, targeted at helping not only bands and musicians, but suppliers and music businesses, opens for applications on 9th June.
  • The first allocations under the €25m Live Performance Support Scheme will be announced shortly.
  • €5m to support live music in villages and towns across the country.
  • A separate €11.5m new fund for the entertainment industry, including festivals, conferencing and large events.
  • Pilot live events for the summer, to inform a wider reopening plan for culture, entertainment and sport.

Minister Martin added;

“This plan presented today goes a long way to meeting the commitments we made in the Programme for Government and in charting a path to recovery from the challenge of COVID-19.  Crucially, the Plan specifically recognises the unique challenges that have been faced by sectors such as Tourism, the Events sector, Gaeltacht, Sports, Arts and Culture and Media, and sets out a package of supports that are being put into place to safeguard and stimulate these sectors.”