Live Performance Support Scheme 2021
The Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 has funding of €25 million and has been launched to assist commercial venues, promoters and producers to employ artists and musicians of all genres, performers, technicians and other support staff in the live performance sector.
Building on the valuable insights gained during the pilot of this scheme last year, the key aim of the Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 is to support the creation of employment and wellbeing opportunities in the live performance sector and the generation of high quality artistic output.
How to qualify
This scheme is aimed at established commercial producers and promoters that create live performances and have a proven record of accomplishment in the live performance sector.
Venues with a proven record of employing local working bands and electronic music may also apply with proposals that encompass these artists.
you must show a proven track record of live performances
you must be planning to hold a live performance/event that will conclude on or before 30 September 2021
you must be tax compliant
you must not be funded by the public sector from 2018 - 2020 (excluding COVID-19 supports)
only 1 application will be considered, initially, for each project promoter
The scheme is open to those looking to:
support the creation of employment and wellbeing opportunities in the culture, creative and music industries and the continued creation of high quality artistic output
address the large gap left by the absence of income from live performances
support performances/work that will conclude on or before 30 September 2021
support commercial venues, producers and promoters in the culture sector (for example: music, entertainment and theatre)
support music professionals in all genres and aim to ensure that Irish musicians, lighting and sound engineers, PR, media, agents, labels and publishers can continue to develop and share their work in the context of COVID-19 restrictions
Rate of payment
The minimum amount payable will be €10,000.
The maximum amount payable will be €800,000
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This Scheme Is Now Open
Q1. WHERE CAN I ACCESS AN APPLICATION FORM AND GUIDELINES FOR THIS SCHEME?
The application form and guidelines will be made available at https://www.gov.ie/en/service/ca5d7-live-performance-support-scheme-2021/ on 19th March 2021.
Q2. WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE LIVE PERFORMANCE SCHEME?
The objectives of the Live Performance Support Scheme 2021 is to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters of live performances to provide employment to workers in the creative industries and support the continued production for public consumption of high quality artistic output as demonstrated with the pilot Live Performance Support Scheme.
Q3. WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS SCHEME?
The Scheme is open to commercial producers, venue operators and promoters that create live performances and have a proven record of accomplishment in the live performance sector.
The following eligibility criteria will also apply:
The event must have an arts / culture element to it
Planning to hold a live performance/event(s) that will conclude on or before 30 September 2021
The applicant must be tax compliant
The applicant cannot funded by the public sector from 2018 - 2020 (excluding Covid-19 supports and LPSS funding)
Q4. HOW DO I APPLY?
You can find the application on the Department’s website. The completed application and supporting documentation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application will go through a 2 phase process, the first being an eligibility check and the second process is a competitive evaluation process.
Q5: PUBLIC HEALTH COMPLIANCE DUE TO COVID-19:
Applicants should carry out a detailed assessment of their activities with regard to the continuing public health measures and guidelines. Based on their assessment, applicants should determine if they will be in a position to operate safely and in line with public health measures at all times.
Note: In the event the performance cannot go ahead, a “recording” or “live stream” should be made available to the public.
Q6: HOW MUCH IS THE GRANT?
This depends on the cost of the production, it will be a contribution to the eligible production costs, the minimum grant will be €10,000 and the maximum grant will be €800,000.
Q7: HOW WILL THIS BE PAID?
This grant will be paid in arrears i.e. recipient must pay for the invoices first, then claim back, (at the rate of payment set out in the Service Level Agreement), from the Department.
Note on Advance Payment: Where it has been agreed in advance between the applicant and the Department, the Department may pay part of the grant in advance at the start of the production.
Q8: WHAT IS ELIGIBLE FOR PAYMENT UNDER THE SCHEME?
The Department will fund a portion of the following eligible costs of the production;
Venue rental for performance (note: only costs relating to the rental of a venue for the duration of the performance will be considered – this should also include associated payroll/service costs).
Contracts for Service for
Professional Artists Fees
Services from Creative Industries (incl Set/Costume Designers)
Costume costs for theatrical productions
Hire of equipment specific to the performance
Intellectual Property costs
Q9: WHAT IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PAYMENT UNDER THE SCHEME?
Purchase of equipment
Contracts of Employment not relevant to the production
Artist/Performer/Crew Expenses (Accommodation, Travel and Subsistence)
Utilities (these should be included in venue costs)
Legal and Accountancy Fees
Annual Insurance costs (with the exception of per event insurance)
If you are unclear as to whether a cost is eligible or ineligible, send a written request to email@example.com for clarification.
Q10: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CONTRACT FOR SERVICE / CONTRACT OF SERVICE/EMPLOYMENT?
A contract for service is acquiring the service of performer/ artist / engineer / dancer / singer etc. for a short term contract.
A contract of service is a contract of employment, which is a longer term contract whereby the individual will be an employee of your organisation, for the purpose of the production.
Q11. CAN I APPLY FOR EVENTS DUE TO BE HELD AFTER 30 SEPTEMBER 2021?
At this time, the Department is seeking applications for events concluding on or before 30 SEPTEMBER 2021 only.
Q12. I HAVE A QUESTION – HOW CAN I CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT IN RELATION TO THIS SCHEME?
All queries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have an application number, please remember to include this in all correspondence. Please also note that this FAQ document may be updated from time to time.
Q13. I RECEIVED A GRANT UNDER THE PILOT LIVE PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SCHEME IN 2020 – CAN I STILL APPLY UNDER THIS NEW SCHEME for 2021?
Yes, you can apply under this new scheme.