There is now a helpdesk available from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to the COVID-19 Emergency Payment. The Department has agreed to handle individual queries from artists and arts workers about the payment so if you’ve been refused the payment or have a question about your eligibility you can now contact the Department directly, as follows and an official will contact you to discuss your query.
Please email email@example.com with the following information:
It is important that all of you who did not qualify for the COVID-19 payment or are still having difficulties accessing it would use this facility so that the Department can see first hand the extent of the problem we are pressing them on.
In the first instance I want to say thank you for all of your feedback and for sending in your queries to us. We are receiving a lot of questions about rights and entitlements associated with the new Covid-19 income support scheme so, in order to assist as many people as possible, here are some Q & A examples and some useful links to other pieces of information.
The employment subsidy applies to those who had been engaged in PAYE work but the illness and unemployment payments applies to both PAYE and self-employed workers. If you are in receipts of a state pension and you also work you may not qualify but you if your work has been cancelled because of Covid-19 you should apply anyway (with evidence of the cancelled work) and the Department will make a decision on that.Continue Reading
Following significant lobbying by SIPTU and the Irish Congress of trade Unions, the Government announced on 24th March new measures to provide financial support to Irish workers affected by the Covid-19 crisis for both self-employed and employed workers. This includes also assistance for renters and utility bills etc.Continue Reading
In an effort to assess potential damages of the impact of COVID-19 on the artistic community and to endeavour to provide potential solutions to the situation, the NFCA is collecting data to aggregate information on cancelled events, postponed performances, lost opportunities and loss of income in the sector. Please take a few minutes to fill in this important surveyHERE
If you are using any of the retailers below, please be sure to show your MUI card for a discount.
Paul Ryan Music, 4 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
paulryanmusic.com – Tel: 01 679 8571
Everest Music, 2 Raven Hall, Dargle Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow
everestmusic.com – Tel: 01 286 1933
Goodwins Music, 134 Capel Street, Dublin 1
goodwinsmusic.ie – Tel: 01 873 0846
Perfect Pitch, 35 Exchequer Street, Dublin 1
Perfect Pitch – Tel: 01 677 1553
The Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI), an affiliate of SIPTU, represents musicians from every genre along with music teachers, singers and other music professionals.
The Union works hard to protect members, whether freelance or directly employed, from exploitation and has a successful track record of ensuring that members receive all contractual entitlements arising from their performances. Continue Reading