A basic income of 325 euros per week for artists can be applied for from next week

A basic income for artists of €325 a week, funded by the state as part of a pilot project, will open to applicants next week.

They are expected to be heavily oversubscribed and officials will review applications before all eligible enter a random software lottery to select 2,000 lucky recipients.

The three-year program with a total cost of 105 million euros is constantly monitored – and compared with a control group of 1,000 artists who escaped funding.

Applicants must provide proof of income from the arts, proof of practice and experience and membership of a relevant representative body such as Visual Arts Ireland, IMRO or Dance Ireland.

Officials will then “go through eligibility to see who qualifies,” Arts and Culture Secretary Catherine Martin said. “And then it’s put into a randomized software program,” she said when asked by the Irish Independent Anyone from the fields of fine arts, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera, film, circus and architecture can apply.

“That will give us the 2,000 (recipients), but we have to make sure that gender, geography and all types of society, for example, are clearly represented,” the minister added. The list of successful applicants would not be published, she later clarified, but her further earnings in addition to the 16,900 euros they receive annually from the state are taxable.

“I’m delighted that Ireland is leading the way internationally with this groundbreaking pilot project,” she said. “We are a country with a rich heritage in the arts and while the pandemic has reminded us of the crucial role that art and creativity play in society, it has served to increase the precariousness of work in this sector for artists.”

The pilot project recognizes the need for security and supports maintaining and growing Ireland’s reputation for exceeding our weight in creative talent and achievement, she added at an introduction at the Project Arts Theater attended by the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste.

She said the pilot project would be conducted under a non-competitive process and was not a benefit. The scheme opens for applications on April 12 and

“Bold steps are needed to ensure we recognize the value of our artists and to ensure they come back stronger than ever,” she said, noting that the Greens have been campaigning for a basic income system since their founding assembly.

“Having tested this in the arts sector is groundbreaking.”

A basic income for the arts was the key recommendation of the Taskforce for the Restoration of Arts and Culture in its ‘Living Worth Living’ report commissioned by the Minister in 2020.

The Taoiseach said the nation was intertwined with the arts and the “concept of Irishness inseparable” from it. The Tánaiste suggested that the pilot project would be “seen abroad” and that Ireland was a world leader on things like banning smoking in the workplace and plastic bag levies. “Arts and culture make us proud and tell us who we are as Irish people,” he said.

Colette Bennett, Economics Analyst at Social Justice Ireland, said: “The introduction of a basic income has been shown in other countries to be good for well-being, good for entrepreneurship and good for the environment, and has no negative impact on labor force participation. “

“We expect any assessment of the current pilot will show similar benefits in an Irish context.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/325-a-week-basic-income-for-artists-will-open-to-applications-from-next-week-41524024.html A basic income of 325 euros per week for artists can be applied for from next week

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