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Thursday, 20th January 2022

New support scheme for music industry - locals encouraged to apply

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Minister Catherine Martin TD.

Green Party TD and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, has today announced a new and easier to access scheme to support performers and individuals in the music business that have been impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.

Under the scheme, it’s called the Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme 2022 (MEBAS 2022), self-employed performers, sole traders and businesses in the music industry with turnovers of €15,000 and over will be able to apply for grants of between €1,500 and €12,500

Performers such as musicians, singers, DJs as well as lighting and sound crew, audio equipment suppliers etc. will be eligible to apply

The €4m scheme will open for applications at 1pm on January 27th and close at 1pm on February 17th guidelines for MEBAS 2022 will be published next Tuesday, January 25th on the Department’s website.

The grant will be paid for six months, January 2022 to June 2022, to assist self-employed performers, sole traders and businesses which have seen significant reductions in their turnover due to the COVID-19 pandemic and help to underpin their recovery as the restrictions are eased in the coming months.

Local TD, Fergus O’Dowd, is encouraging people in Louth to apply for the scheme.

“Performers and people in the music industry such as crew, who are impacted by Covid restrictions, should now prepare to apply” he said.

“€4m has been set aside for this scheme as part of the €50m in supports allocated to the Live Entertainment Sector by Government for 2022. 

“Many in the music industry found themselves ineligible for the CRSS (Covid Restrictions Support Scheme), so we supported over 1,000 such people through the MEBAS Scheme in 2021.

“This scheme is similar to CRSS in that it provides grants of up to the value of 15% of the average monthly VAT-exclusive turnover prior to the pandemic. It is designed to support those in the music industry who have been severely impacted by Covid with their overheads.

“To be eligible individuals/sole traders will need to demonstrate that their 2021 turnover was no more than 40% of their average turnover prior to the pandemic. Self-employed individuals and sole traders including performers such as musicians, singers, DJ’s lighting and sound crew, audio equipment suppliers will be eligible to apply.  

“The MEBAS Scheme supplements the other Government schemes supporting the music and live entertainment sector including,

  • €5m LPSS 2 – Pantomime scheme
  • €20m LPSS 3 – Scheme to cover December/January cancellations
  • €5m Local Live Performance Support Scheme (LLPSS)
  • €4m Music and Entertainment Support Scheme (MEBAS)
  • €5m (capital) Commercial Entertainment Capital Grant Scheme (CECGS)
  • €1m St. Patricks Festival


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