The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced details today of a further 150 artists who will benefit from its Artists Emergency Programme. This is in addition to the 88 award offers announced in May.
The Arts Council and Minister for Communities Deirdre Hargey MLA unveiled details for the £500,000 Artists Emergency Programme at the end of April. The scheme was set up to support artists and performers whose income has been badly hit by the pandemic, with venues closed, festivals cancelled and projects placed on hold.
Within two weeks of opening the programme, the Arts Council received over 300 applications, totalling almost £1.4m. Although the money was not available to fund all viable projects, an additional £50,000 Arts Council National Lottery funding has been made available and £25,000 from the Department of Communities, in order to allow the maximum number of awards to be made. This brings the total amount now awarded through the scheme up to £575,000.
Those offered funding include writers, composers, theatre practitioners, community artists and visual artists, who will each receive grants on acceptance of their offers in this second round of awards of up to £3,000 to develop their projects and professional practice.