Statement from National Campaign for the Arts in response to government announcement of €25 million Arts and Culture Sector Stabilisation Fund

3rd June 2020
Members Meeting Thursday 18th June: Next Steps
16th June 2020

16 June 2020

“yes I said yes I will Yes.”

On Bloomsday June 16 2020, the National Campaign for the Arts very much welcomes the €25 million stabilisation investment in the Arts and Culture sector, as announced today by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Josepha Madigan. 

The €20 million increase in funding to the Arts Council for 2020, as called for in the NCFA’s National Arts Recovery Plan, and the €5 million investment for key cultural and museum spaces, digital art and online performances is a solid and authentic response to the Covid-19 crisis which has ravaged the nation’s artists, arts workers and arts organisations.

It is heartening to have the voices of artists and arts workers heard by Government, and we want to thank Minister Madigan and her Department for their constructive engagement with our 13 Point National Arts Recovery Plan. This investment is a positive first step in recognising the value of our arts and culture community. We await the publication of the Arts Council Expert Advisory Group report for the detail on how this investment will directly reach the sector. 

We are revitalised and energised and look forward to continuing our fruitful engagement with Government, on behalf of the sector, in pursuing the remaining 12 points in our National Arts Recovery Plan. 

NCFA Steering Committee: Angela Dorgan (Chair), Eoghan Carrick, Tom Creed, Aileen Galvin, Aideen Howard, Georgina Jackson, Cian O’Brien, Liv O’Donoghue.

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