Thousands are applying to take part in the artist basic income pilot program

Almost 6,000 applicants have applied for the basic income pilot project, in which 2,000 artists will receive 325 euros over the next three years.

Latest figures show there were 5,792 applicants, with government sources predicting that number will reach nearly 7,000.

The program opened for applications on April 12 and ends this Thursday at 1 p.m.

However, only 2,000 artists will be chosen through a random selection process that is not competitive.

Most applications for the program come from the field of visual arts, followed by those related to music, film and literature.

Unsuccessful but eligible applicants will be invited to participate in a ‘control group’ that will conduct an evaluation of the pilot project.

The €30 million program aims to allow artists to focus on their work without having to take jobs in other sectors to make a living.

Concerns have been raised by disabled artists about their eligibility for the pilot and whether or not they will lose their payments if accepted into the scheme.

However, a spokesman for the Department of Arts and Culture said the payment would be treated as self-employment and would not affect disability payments.

Art Minister Catherine Martin said so Irish Independent that those eligible should apply and it was ‘promising’ to see a high level of ‘enthusiasm’.

“It is encouraging to see the enthusiasm for this program in the industry and applications are coming in at a fast pace.

She also said that this was a “tipping point.” .

“The initiative makes a statement about our values ​​as a nation – that artists’ voices have been heard and that the arts matter.

“I believe this is a turning point in the funding of artistic practice in Ireland.

“This is a unique opportunity to explore the impact of a basic income on art and provide the evidence base for continued support,” she said.

Such a pilot project was the first recommendation of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce.

The pilot is also an opportunity for the Government to learn how the “role of the artist in Irish society can be protected and promoted,” said a senior source.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/thousands-apply-to-participate-in-artist-basic-income-pilot-scheme-41632510.html Thousands are applying to take part in the artist basic income pilot program

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