A new income support for up to 2,000 artists was launched today by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The Basic Income for the Arts pilot income scheme will see up to 2,000 artists receive €325 per week, paid monthly and is subject to tax. The aim of this new scheme is to support artists following the pandemic and a research programme will run alongside on the arts sector. The scheme will run for three years and applications are open to eligible artists and creative sector workers.

The following is a list issued by the government of eligible applicants;

Art Form Profession/Practice
Visual Arts Visual Artist – all media, Visual Arts Curator, Illustrator
Theatre Actor, Artistic Director, Comedian, Costume Designer, Director, Hair Designer, Librettist, Lighting Designer/Engineer, Make-Up Designer, Mime artist, Set Designer, Stage Designer, Sound Designer/Engineer, Playwright, Projection Designer, Prop Designer, Puppeteer
Literature Writer – Children’s/Young Adult, Novelist, Short-Story, Poet, Novelist, Illustrator
Music Composer, Conductor, Singer/Musician – all genres, Lighting Designer/Engineer, Lyricist, Sound Designer/Engineer, Musical Director, Writer
Dance Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Repetiteur
Opera Actor, Artistic Director, Costume Designer, Librettist, Lighting Designer/Engineer, Lyricist, Director, Singer, Sound Designer/Engineer, Stage Designer, , Repetiteur
Film Actor, Animator, Artistic Director, Cinematographer, Costume Designer Director, Editor, Screenwriter, Film Designer, Filmmaker, Film Editor, Lighting Designer/Engineer, Hair Designer, Make-up Designer, Prop Designer, Production Designer, Sound Designer/Engineer, Script Writer, Scenographer, Set Designer, Special Effects Designer, Scenic Artist, Visual Designer, Voice Over Artist, Writer
Circus Circus Artist – traditional and contemporary, Acrobat, Street Arts and Spectacle Artist
Architecture Architect


Artists can apply through gov.ie from 1pm Tuesday 12th April 2022, with the deadline being Thursday 12th May 2022.