“Once in a Generation” – Online consultation on Basic Income Scheme for Artists opens

A consultation on a Basic Income pilot program for artists was launched online today.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD called the program “a once in a generation political intervention” and encouraged people to get involved.

Minister Martin said, “I encourage anyone interested to get involved in the online consultation for the Basic Income for the Arts pilot project. Your insights will help shape the final design of the pilot project as it rolls out in the coming months. political intervention of a generation, a move that I believe will reshape the landscape of the arts for hopefully many years to come.

“Our culture and our arts are a fundamental expression of who we are as a nation. Our rich cultural heritage is one of our greatest assets, and our artists weave a sense of identity, creativity and belonging into the fabric of our communities. the societal value of culture and the arts has been particularly evident during the pandemic, where it has brought color, light and hope in uncertain times.”

The launch of the online consultation portal follows a stakeholder forum in December 2021 that brought together over 150 participants from 50 arts representative bodies to discuss the proposal.

A task force was set up in 2020 in response to the pandemic to discuss recommended solutions to help revive the arts and culture sector.

Their number one recommendation was a basic income for the arts.

Minister Martin added: “I have allocated €25 million in 2022 to the Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme. This is a key priority for me and my ministry. so that no permanent damage is done to the arts sector from the pandemic and that the Basic Income pilot scheme helps to ensure that the arts in Ireland come back stronger than ever.”

The program will be launched in the coming months after the finalization of feedback from the consultation period.

The consultation portal is open here until January 27, 2022.