Department for Communities – Committee for Communities – Arts Council NI submission

Arts Council presents at DfC Committee meeting

The Arts Council today made a presentation to the Committee of the Department for Communities, to apprise members of the full impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the arts sector in Northern Ireland.

Key actions recommended by the Arts Council to help ease current anxieties included:

  • extension of the Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes for those sectors that need time to open and rebuild their businesses
  • enabling furloughing to be done on a part-time basis 
  • revising the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to ensure no freelance worker falls through the gaps
  • provision of a further emergency funding package for organisations to enable them to trade through the crisis over the next 12-18 months
  • technical and financial support to implement ‘safe space’ protocols to help the sector return to business when appropriate to do so

You can read the submission at the following link

submission (pdf)

and see the discussion at the link below

artist forms link
New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.