Proposed Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Culture, Arts, Media, Tourism, Sport and the Gaeltacht and Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has welcomed confirmation of support packages of €6m for live performances and the music industry.  

She commented, “Unlike some industries which have returned following the reopening of society as we live with the coronavirus – live music performances and the music industry has remained parked.  

“I am delighted to confirm €6m in funding has been designated to support people in this sector. An allocation of €5m has been set aside for the ‘Live Performance Support Scheme’ and €1m for the ‘Music Stimulus Package’.  

“There is a vacuum for performers and musicians to earn a living. The funding announced by Government aims to address these challenges. For a small country of 5m people we are known the world over for our musicians and arts sector. These talented individuals in all aspects of this sector need to be supported,” concluded Deputy Smyth.