Minister Catherine Martin Launches Online Consultation on Pilot Basic Income for the Arts

The Basic Income for the Arts pilot is set to open for applications early this year and will be available for artists and creative arts workers to support their practices. This online consultation offers the public the opportunity to feed into the policy development underpinning the pilot scheme.

Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media launched an online consultation on the Basic Income for the Arts (BIA) pilot scheme to elicit the views of artists, those working in the arts and culture sector and the public.

The online consultation opens today and is available for response here: until the consultation closes on 27 January 2022.

This online consultation sets out the current position in relation to:

  • The objectives of the scheme;
  • The eligibility criteria for the scheme;
  • The selection of scheme participants;
  • Responsibilities of scheme participants;
  • The collection of data.

The detail set out for consultation in the survey is the Department’s current thinking on how the Basic Income for the Arts will work. Following the conclusion of the online consultation, the Department will use the feedback received to help guide further policy development of the Pilot before finalising a position paper on the scheme.

The purpose of the online consultation is to ensure that the general public, artists and those working in the arts and culture sector have the opportunity to contribute to the policy development for the pilot scheme and to offer suggestions from their experiences as artists, arts workers and members of resource organisations on key issues such as the schemes objectives, eligibility criteria, supporting emerging artists and participant responsibilities.

This online consultation follows a stakeholder forum on 15 December that saw over 150 participants from 50 artists and arts workers resource and representative bodies come together to discuss the proposal and provide their views and feedback to the Minister and her Department.

The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will be launched in the coming months. Further details will be published on the Department’s website after the feedback and input from the online consultation is assessed and finalised.

As Minister with responsibility for arts and culture, Catherine Martin TD said:

“I encourage everyone interested to get involved in the online consultation for the Basic Income for the Arts pilot. Your views will help shape the final design of the pilot when it rolls out in the coming months. This is a once-in-a-generation policy intervention, a measure that I believe will redraw the landscape for the arts for hopefully many years to come. Our culture and the arts are a fundamental expression of who we are as a nation. Our rich cultural heritage is one of our greatest assets, and our artists weave a sense of identity, creativity and belonging into the fabric of our communities. The intrinsic societal value of culture and the arts was particularly evident during the pandemic, where it provided colour, light and hope in uncertain times.”

Minister Martin established the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce in 2020 as a response to the pandemic, and to provide a platform for solution-focused recommendations for the recovery of the arts and culture sector. The number one recommendation of the taskforce was the introduction of a basic income for the arts pilot scheme.

Minister Martin added:

“I have allocated €25m in 2022 for the pilot basic income scheme for the arts. This is a key priority for me and my Department. I am determined to ensure that permanent damage is not done to the arts sector from the pandemic and that the basic income pilot scheme helps to ensure that the arts in Ireland come back stronger than ever.”

Source: Visual Artists Ireland News