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Factsheet for measure IE-2021-52/2169 – measures in Ireland

Additional funding announced to support live performance sector

Country Ireland , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 20 December 2021 – 19 January 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound
Measure added 13 January 2022 (updated 03 February 2022)

Background information

Following the introduction of restrictions on indoor venues which resulted in the closure of nightclubs and the imposition of 50% capacity limits on venues, the Government announced an additional financial support package for the live performance sector.

The funding builds on the “success and exceptional demand” for the previous Live Performance Support Scheme 2021.

Content of measure

The €20 million Live Performance Support Scheme 3 (LPSS3) is designed to support live performances planned for December 2021 and January 2022 which have been cancelled, curtailed or rescheduled due to the new restrictions. In these cases, up to 100% of eligible production costs will be funded.

Under the Live Performance Support Scheme 2 (LPSS2), €5 million have been allocated for the seasonal musical theatre and pantomime scheme.

The aims of these support schemes are to:

  • support the generation of high quality live performance output for the general public
  • provide employment opportunities for professional artists, musicians, performers, crew and other staff members involved in live performances

Use of measure

No information.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A



Views and reactions


Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
      R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Legal, social, cultural and related associate professionals
      Legal, social and cultural professionals


  • 14 December 2021: Live Performance Support Scheme: Phase 3 - Guidelines (


Eurofound (2022), Additional funding announced to support live performance sector, measure IE-2021-52/2169 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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