Following the introduction of further Covid-19 restrictions, Irish Equity and the Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI) have welcomed the return of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the continuing support available through the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS).
“Additional Covid-19 restrictions have already damaged the live arts and entertainment sector due to the reduced capacity of theatres and performance venues and, as a consequence, artists, performers, technicians, creative and support staff will continue to struggle financially,” SIPTU Organiser, Michelle Quinn said.
“The sector is reeling from the restrictions imposed as the result of the pandemic over the last two years. Now, additional financial supports are required and there must be easy access for those in need of assistance. We are calling on the Arts Minister, Catherine Martin, to lower the eligibility limits in the Live Performance Support Scheme (seasonal musical, theatre and pantomime) to support productions, including those in smaller, local and regional venues.
“We acknowledge the previous supports made available to the sector but these have not been adequate or proportionate to the devastation of livelihoods inflicted by successive lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic.”