Coronavirus: Artists Emergency Programme

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Emergency support programme for artists and performers

NOTE: This programme is now closed.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland opened a new funding programme to support artists and performers with grants of up to £5,000 during the COVID-19 crisis.

A total of £500,000 funding will be used through the Artist Emergency Programme to support the research, design and future presentation of arts events and performances, including resources to help artists develop their creative practice.

The programme will prioritise applications that:

  • engage with groups, participants and audiences otherwise without easy access to or participation in the arts
  • benefit individual artists, creative practitioners and performers who are currently in difficulties due to work restrictions imposed by COVID-19 protocols
  • propose new or newly-imagined projects as interventions of high artistic quality
  • are planned to reach significant audiences through 'live', 'as live' or recorded digital performance, publication, broadcast, reading, recording or other audience channels
  • provide for an extended life or extended public reach and impact for the work or project that has been created

The programme opened for applications Monday 27 April..

Who can apply?

Freelance individual artists and creative practitioners and performers of all disciplines, genres, skills and practice can submit their Expressions of Interest.

Curators, editors, directors, creative producers, originators, among other roles of those who work in the arts can also apply. Each potential applicant should seek to evidence their eligibility for the scheme as an active creative.

Find out how to apply to the Artist Emergency Programme.

Further support for the arts sector

The Artists Emergency Programme is one element of the £1.5 million support fund for the arts sector announced by the Department for Communities. Other measures will be rolled out to support arts organisations, libraries and museums during the current pandemic.

Find latest updates on the impact of coronavirus on the NI arts sector.


First published 28 April 2020

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