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  • Budget 2021 and the Arts
    See relevant information here: Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)The new weekly payment structure is as below: for individuals who earn €400 and over- the rate of payment is €350 for individuals who earn between €300 and €399.99 per week – the rate of payment is €300  for individuals who earn between €200 and €299.99 per week – the rate… Continue Reading
  • Sound Post Autumn 2020
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  • Sound Post Summer 2020
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    Dear member, 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… Continue Reading
  • COVID-19 update
    Dear Member 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… Continue Reading
  • Stop exploiting artists with ‘freebie’ culture, Arts Council says
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  • COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
    Dear Member, 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
  • ICTU Survey
    If you are a trade union member and have experience of sexual harassment at work please complete the Irish Congress of Trade Unions questionnaire Continue Reading
  • NCFA Covid-19 Survey
    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… Continue Reading
  • Choral Evensong
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  • Do you use Public Liability Insurance? Is it too Expensive? Have your Say!
    The union is endeavoring to understand the requirement for public liability insurance for people who work in the arts industry. Can you take 60 seconds to answer these few short questions so we can establish if the union is in a position to provide this insurance to you at a lower cost. Fill in the… Continue Reading
  • Cormac Breatnach – The Whistle Blower
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  • Musicians Union of Ireland supports Eurovision Song Contest protest tomorrow
    The Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) is calling on its members to attend a protest in support of the call for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held by Israel in 2019, which will take place outside of RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, tomorrow (Friday, 8th March) at 1.00 p.m. MUI Organiser,… Continue Reading
  • Eurovision Song Contest
    The Eurovision song contest is due to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel in May. Last year, members of the Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) called for a boycott of the event due to the appalling treatment by the Israeli government of the people of Palestine and the continuing occupation of their lands. The motion… Continue Reading
  • Join Equity in the Lyric Theatre Belfast
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  • Housing is a Human Right
    Housing is a Human RIght – National Demonstration, Leinster House, Saturday 1st December at 2.00 p.m. Continue Reading
  • Choral Evensong in Remembrance of Musicians, Actors & Artists
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  • Cultural significance of SIPTU/MUI members recognised at RTÉ Folk Awards
    The cultural significance of members of SIPTU and its affiliated body the Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) was recognised at the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, held last night (Thursday, 25th October) in Vicar Street in Dublin, with Lankum winning Best Folk Group and singer, Andy Irvine, presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. SIPTU Deputy General Secretary,… Continue Reading
  • Read the Autumn edition of SoundPost
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  • Applying for the 2018 Co-operation Projects Call?
    10am-3pm Thursday 18th October 2018 Europe House, 12-14 Mount Street Lower, D2 Sign up: E-mail your name, organisation and brief project details to <a href=”mailto:cedculture@artscouncil.ie”>cedculture@artscouncil.ie.</a> Are you developing an application for the next Co-operation Projects deadline in 2018? We will host a free application workshop in Dublin on Thursday 18th October for organisations that are… Continue Reading
  • Creative Europe Funding Workshop
    · Mon 8 October 2018 | 10:00 – 13:00 · Garter Lane Arts Centre, 5 O’Connell Street, Waterford · FREE TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE HERE Our free workshop will be an interactive session for arts, culture, heritage, craft and design organisations to explore ideas for developing transnational working practices and to learn about accessing Creative Europe… Continue Reading
  • Have your say: Has Dublin become too expensive for artists to live here?
    Musician David Kitt says he was being forced to leave because he can’t afford it anymore Musician David Kitt is quitting Ireland, claiming it is too expensive to live in the country anymore. Kitt says he has no choice given that the Dublin house in which he lives is being sold as part of a… Continue Reading
  • MUI/SIPTU concerned by National Symphony Orchestra move to National Concert Hall
    The Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI), an affiliate union of SIPTU, has expressed concern and disappointment with a decision by the Government to move the control of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (RTÉNSO) from the broadcaster to the National Concert Hall. MUI/SIPTU Organiser, Graham Macken, said: “The decision was announced following a meeting of the… Continue Reading
  • Sound Post Summer 2018
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  • Fighting for Freelances
    On the 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly SIPTU, the National Union of Journalists, Irish Equity, and the Musicians Union of Ireland invite you to Fighting for Freelances Conference on Tuesday 5th June, Mansion House, Dublin from 10.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. To confirm attendance go to: www.eventbrite.com • A light lunch will… Continue Reading
  • Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
    Check out this video from the Resistance Choir in support of the national demonstration calling for an end to #housingcrisis. Join us on #April7th 1pm Parnell Square – #LetOrganise Continue Reading
  • SoundPost Spring 2018
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  • Niamh Parsons appointed Saoi of Howth Singing Circle
    On 23rd November 2017, at Howth Yacht Club, Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI) Executive Committee member, Niamh Parsons, was appointed as a Saoi of the Howth Singing Circle (HSC). The award, made by Brian Doyle, was in recognition of Niamh’s service to the HSC over the previous eighteen years as singer, teacher and organiser. Doyle… Continue Reading
  • SIPTU welcomes support of the Taoiseach for the future of RTÉ Orchestras
    SIPTU and Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI) representatives have welcomed the support expressed yesterday (Tuesday, 12th December) by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, for the future of the RTÉ orchestras and his call for the Ministers involved to seek to ensure both are maintained. SIPTU Organiser, Graham Macken, said: “Speaking yesterday during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil,… Continue Reading
  • SIPTU and MUI express concern over proposed review of RTÉ orchestras
    SIPTU and the Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) have warned the management of RTÉ that it could face significant opposition concerning a review it has commissioned in relation to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (RTÉ NSO) and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (RTÉ CO). SIPTU Organiser, Graham Macken, said: “On 2nd November, the Interim General Manager of the RTÉ CO, Gareth Hudson, informed its… Continue Reading
  • MUI calls for Ratification of Beijing Treaty at SIPTU Conference
    Payment of royalties to performers for audiovisual performances was to the fore at SIPTU’s biggest event of the year. At the SIPTU Biennial Delegate Conference held in Cork, October 2017, the Arts, Culture, Print and Media Sector of SIPTU put forward a motion calling for the Beijing Treaty to be ratified. The treaty gives performers… Continue Reading
  • Sound Post Autumn 2017
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  • Check out upcoming gigs
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  • Sound Post Summer 2017 – out now
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  • Discounts for MUI members
    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… Continue Reading
  • MayFest 2017
    MayFest 2017 aims to celebrate and invigorate workers’ culture with a series of events in the home of Irish trade unionism. Produced by the SIPTU Dublin District Council this inaugural festival season includes plays and events that deal with working class history, culture and politics. Tickets available at the door. See full listing of events. Continue Reading
  • Farewell to Fidel Night
    A night of song, tributes and film remembering the historic significance of Fidel Castro to international progressive politics will take place in Liberty Hall on Tuesday, 18th April. The date of the event coincides with the 56th anniversary of the defeat by Cuban forces of an invasion by counter-revolutionaries, backed by the CIA, at Playa… Continue Reading
  • Message to Perfomers
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  • End the gender pay gap
    Because of the gender pay gap, Irish women effectively work the last 71 minutes of the day for free. We’re asking women in Ireland to take action this week by posting a #clockedout selfie on social media at 15:50 to mark the moment the pay gap kicks in. Time to #CloseTheGap #clockedout… Continue Reading
  • Read the Spring issue of SoundPost
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