The Covid support scheme for the music industry supported 318 artists alongside 817 music industry professionals, according to figures released by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
The Music Stimulus Scheme, worth €1.7m gave 185 artists recording grants, creating employment for 694 musicians, while 56 artists were supported to release new music.
Among the artists receiving funding were Denise Chaila, Saint Sister, Kojaque and Elaine Mai.
A number of recipients went on to be nominated for awards including the Choice Music Prize and the RTÉ Radio One Folk Awards…
The Chair of National Campaign for the Arts said she hopes the eligibility to qualify for an artists basic income will be broad and that the final selection is randomised, rather than on a competitive basis.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Angela Dorgan said: “I think today marks probably the most momentous indication of how Ireland values its artists, probably since, you know, the establishment of the Arts Council who celebrate their 70th birthday this year.”
She said the eligibility criteria should be easy to get through and she hopes that there will be “multiple boxes to tick” in terms of eligibility.
Ms Dorgan said that most artists live under the poverty line and work in cycles.
She explained that if an artist has a successful project during the three years of this pilot scheme they will pay a high tax on those profits.
“If you sell that brilliant painting or that album you made goes to number one, you pay 40% tax on the first euro you make from that,” she said.
Fascinating 100 year old film clips of four of the world’s most celebrated artists: a 74-year-old Claude Monet painting at Giverny in 1915; Pierre-Auguste Renoir, (also aged 74 in 1915) at his easel with his son; three sequences of Auguste Rodin at 75 and an 81 year old Edgar Degas strolling through Paris two years before his death.