was established to raise awareness & strengthen support for live venues during the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are a collective of 23 music venues that have come together with the sole aim of giving voice and representation to all the small rooms and independent stages that are bones, lungs, heart and soul of the Irish music industry.
We are truly grateful that the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Minister Catherine Martin & Minister Michael McGrath have acknowledged with ‘Live Performance Support Scheme’ funding the work of Irish independent music venues.
This is a vital lifeline for the Independent music industry in these incredibly challenging times. One of the first industries to go, and one of the last to make a return, many of the artists and technicians have been out of work since last March.
These grassroots venues across Ireland nurture, train and embolden the musicians, comedians, technicians and promoters of tomorrow. The announcement of this funding allows us to continue to do what we do best at least for the immediate future.
With this funding, whatever lockdown level or capacity reduction our venues face, the show will go on. Smaller independent venues like ourselves will have the freedom to invest in new ways to reach our audiences while still maintaining our grassroots musical booking policies & underlying commitment to connect our communities throughout the world with the best of Independent Irish music..
This funding shows how far Ireland has come in quite a short period of time, in not only acknowledging but also financially supporting the arts at many levels
Thank you for your ongoing support and raising a voice for us ;
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
Catherine Martin T.D.
Michael McGrath TD
Live Venue Collective
Richard Boyd Barrett TD
Holly Cairns TD
Michael Collins Independent TD
See you soon,
Joe, Caroline & all at Levis Corner House,
Ballydehob, West Cork.
Live Venue Collective. ( https://www.livevenuecollective.ie)
Government Press Release on Live Performance Support Scheme :