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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Questions (296)

Seán Sherlock


296. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media when the music entertainment business assistance scheme will open for applications. [29494/21]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

As part of a suite of ongoing supports for the culture sector, I made an allocation of €14 million to a Music Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme to contribute towards the ongoing overheads of businesses, specifically musicians and related crew, that have been significantly negatively affected by COVID-19 and that do not qualify for other business supports.  Under the scheme, businesses including musicians, singers, lighting and sound crew and audio  equipment suppliers - whether sole traders, partnerships or incorporated entities - operating exclusively within the commercial live entertainment sector will be eligible to apply. This scheme has been developed following consultation with the sector and will be managed directly by my Department. The Scheme will open for applications on 9 June 2021.