Reddington encourages people to apply for support scheme for music industry

Fine Gael Councillor, Andrew Reddington is encouraging people in Galway city and county to apply for the 2022 strand of the Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme (MEBAS ).

Councillor Reddington said performers and people in the music industry such as crew, who are impacted by Covid restrictions, should now prepare to apply for the Music and Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme announced by Government today.

“€4m has been set aside for this scheme as part of the €50m in supports allocated to the Live Entertainment Sector by Government for 2022,” he said.

“Many in the music industry found themselves ineligible for the CRSS (Covid Restrictions Support Scheme ), so we supported over 1,000 such people through the MEBAS Scheme in 2021.

“This scheme is similar to CRSS in that it provides grants of up to the value of 15% of the average monthly VAT-exclusive turnover prior to the pandemic. It is designed to support those in the music industry who have been severely impacted by covid with their overheads,” he added.

To be eligible individuals/sole traders will need to demonstrate that their 2021 turnover was no more than 40% of their average turnover prior to the pandemic.

Self-employed individuals and sole traders including performers such as musicians, singers, DJ’s lighting and sound crew, audio equipment suppliers will be eligible to apply.

“The MEBAS Scheme supplements the other Government schemes supporting the music and live entertainment sector including,

€5m LPSS 2 – Pantomime scheme

€20m LPSS 3 – Scheme to cover December/January cancellations

€5m Local Live Performance Support Scheme (LLPSS )

€4m Music and Entertainment Support Scheme (MEBAS )

€5m (capital ) Commercial Entertainment Capital Grant Scheme (CECGS )

€1m St. Patricks Festival

The Music Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme 2022 is now open for applications for three weeks until 1pm on the 17th of February 2022 and information is available on gov.ie,” concluded Cllr Reddington. https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/c34fd-music-entertainment-business-assistance-scheme-2022-mebas-2022-guidelines/

Please follow the link provided above to the MEBAS 2022 Guidelines. On this page you will find a link in the ‘How To Apply’ section to access the application portal:

 

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