The Arts Council is in regular contact with our colleagues in the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and other parts of the Government regarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we move towards re-opening.
As the situation evolves, the most up-to-date Government guidance can be found here along with the latest Public Health Measures here
COVID-19 Guidance for the Arts Sector
(Updated 24 November 2021)
The Arts Council has published COVID-19 Guidance for the Arts Sector.
Additional guidance is available for: Venues, Festivals and Young People, Children and Education. These should be read in conjunction with the Guidance for the Arts Sector.
Queries in relation to YPCE guidance can be emailed here and for queries for Festivals here
COVID-19 Income Supports
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection have a range of measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19. You can access information on the supports offered here
The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media also has a dedicated helpdesk for queries about income support. You can send an email here with a short description of your
question along with your telephone number. An official will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your query.
Arts and Culture Recovery Task Force
In September 2020, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin T.D., announced the members of the Arts and Culture Recovery Task Force. The Task Force was established to prepare a report for the Minister including
a set of recommendations on how best the arts and culture sector can adapt and recover from the unprecedented damage arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 17 November Minister welcomed the publication of Live Worth Living, the Report of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce. The report can be viewed in full here.
You can read more about the announcement of the report's publication here.
Clare Duignan chaired the Task Force and the other members included:
The Arts Council
Business to Arts
Council of the National Cultural Institutions
County and City Management Association (CCMA)
Department of Health
Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht
Department of Social Protection
Ealaín na Gaeltachta
Events Industry Alliance
Irish Congress of Trade Unions
National Campaign for the Arts
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Irish Theatre Institute
Screen Producers Ireland
The latest information on the work of the Task Force can be found here.
Webinar on the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS)
The Arts Council hosted a webinar with colleagues from Revenue on 31 August to outline key changes in the transition from the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS). The webinar also dealt with aspects of the
transition including qualifying criteria and compliance. For information, further details on the EWSS can be accessed in newly-published guidelines, available here.
You can watch the recorded webinar in full at: EWSS webinar