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Final week to apply for Basic Income for the Arts pilot Scheme

Final week to apply

for Basic Income for the Arts pilot Scheme


  • Application portal will close next week, at 1pm on Thursday 12th May


  • Applicants are encouraged to register and submit their applications well in advance of this deadline


  • Feedback has been that the application process is relatively quick and the portal is easy to use


Artists and Creative Arts Workers interested in applying for the Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme must submit an application before the deadline of 1pm next Thursday 12th May. The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media opened the application portal in mid-April and has been receiving a large number of applications since then.


Applicants should read the Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions pages before applying through the online portal. All are available through Applicants should gather their supporting documentation (as outlined in the Guidelines) in advance of applying. There is also a short video to assist with applications and a voicemail service and dedicated email are available to those who may need assistance with using the online portal.


Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht and Media, Catherine Martin said:

“When I launched the Basic income for the Arts scheme on April 5th, I encouraged all artists and creative arts workers to apply for the scheme which will see 2,000 eligible applicants receive €325 a week for 3 years. It is encouraging to see the level of enthusiasm for this scheme from the sector and applications are coming in at a steady pace. I encourage anyone who is eligible who has not yet applied to register and submit your application well in advance of the 1pm deadline on Thursday 12th May”.


The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will run over a three year period (2022 – 2025) and will be open to eligible artists and creative arts sector workers.


The overarching objective of the scheme is to address the earnings instability that can be associated with the intermittent, periodic, and often project-based nature of work in the arts. The scheme will research the impact on artists and creative arts workers creative practice of providing the security of a basic income, thereby reducing income precarity.