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Fine Gael TD, Fergus O'Dowd welcomes support scheme for music industry

Fine Gael TD, Fergus O'Dowd welcomes support scheme for music industry

Fine Gael TD, Fergus O'Dowd welcomes support scheme for music industry

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Fine Gael TD, Fergus O’Dowd is encouraging people in Louth to apply for the 2022 strand of the Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme.

O’Dowd said, “Performers and people in the music industry such as crew, who are impacted by Covid-19 restrictions, should now prepare to apply for the Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme announced by Government,” this week. 

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

In 2021, over 1000 such people were supported through the MEBAS Scheme as many in the music and entertainment industry were ineligible for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme. 

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The MEBAS Scheme provides grants of up to the value of 15 percent of the average monthly VAT-exclusive turnover prior to the pandemic. 

To qualify, individuals/sole traders are required to demonstrate that their 2021 turnover was no more than 40 percent 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. 

Other sectors being supported are highlighted below: €5m LPSS 2 – Pantomime scheme; €20mm LPSS 3 – Scheme to cover December/January cancellations; €5m local live performance support scheme (LPSS); €4m Music and Entertainment Support Scheme (MEBAS); €5m (capital) Commercial Entertainment Capital Grant Scheme; €1m St. Patricks Festival.

“The Government has made this scheme simpler and easier to access,” said Deputy O’Dowd.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, has confirmed that the guidelines have gone live on her Department’s website today, Tuesday January 25, and the scheme will open for applications on Thursday January 27. 

For those who receive the grant, it will be paid for six months from January 2022 to June 2022 to assist self-employed performers, sole traders and businesses which have seen significant reductions in their turnover due to Covid-19.


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