The results from our Event Industry Funding & Supports survey are in and they are, unfortunately, not surprising. With only 2.4% of our businesses and
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With challenging times ahead it is crucial that the Irish Event Industry is wholeheartedly represented. With so many businesses, organisations, and individuals impacted so profoundly it is imperative that their voices are heard. As we begin 2021 it is imperative that we continue advocating and lobbying our government until our collective needs are met.
Our current core asks from Government are:
- Recognise that this sector is one of the last remaining sectors that has not been provided with a pathway to or date for re-opening and as such requires a unique suite of supports, and recognise, as part of that process, that the additional funding provided to the Arts Council will, at best, reach only a portion of our sector.
- Recognise the Event Industry, in its’ own right, to acknowledge it for the valuable economic sector it is and assign direct responsibility for this sector to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and immediately establish an Event Industry Taskforce, to engage with and support the industry to deliver a Roadmap to Recovery and future sustainability.
- Continue the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) for our sector until such time as restrictions with regards to mass gatherings are removed
- Protect and support each part of sector; our workers, volunteers, performers, venues, SMEs, promoters, our smorgasbord of community events right up to our national hallmark events, and our stakeholders to ensure that our eco-system endures and that our professionalism, expertise and vital skillsets are retained.
- Enable and resource the Event Industry to utilise this recovery period to address the new challenges presented by Covid-19, improve industry best practice, standards and professional competency, safeguarding our ability to deliver events in a safe and successful manner.
Please click here to read more and to see our presentation to the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response, Houses of the Oireachtas.
Over the coming week we will be reaching out to all relevant TD’s and Ministers to follow up on our recommendations.
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Note: Corresponding letters were also emailed to Mr. Paul Reid, H.S.E., Minister Stephen Donnelly, and Tony Holohan (cc’ing the other members of NPHET) An
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We would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to all the individuals and organisations who helped us get this far. We’d also like to draw particular attention to our early supporters , with no membership fees currently we are reliant on supportative organisations to keep the cogs moving.
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