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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 29 June 2021

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Questions (189)

Duncan Smith


189. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the reason a company (details supplied) was not granted any funding via the live performance support scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34944/21]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

Government allocated €50 million in 2021 to a suite of measures to assist the arts and culture sector. As part of that funding, on Tuesday June 15th I announced the allocations for the €25m Live Performance Support Scheme (LPSS 2021). I was delighted to be in a position to fund 237 successful applications under this scheme, the details of which are available on my Department’s website. There was a very high level of interest in this scheme, with over 400 applications requesting funding in excess of €80 million. The scheme was operated by my Department and all applications were assessed and scored. Given the available funding of €25 million, difficult decisions had to be made and it was not possible to award grants to everyone who applied. The 237 grants awarded will help support employment and wellbeing opportunities across all genres and the continued production of high quality artistic output for the public.

Officials in my Department are engaging with applicants in relation to queries regarding the outcome of their Live Performance Support Scheme application. Information in relation to the appeals process for this scheme is available on my Department's website here