Minister Martin announces recipients of funding under Live Performance Support Scheme

Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, has announced recipients of the €5 million in funding to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters to plan live performances across the country over the coming months, with a total of 58 organisations benefitting from the scheme.

The main objective of this pilot scheme is to provide employment opportunities to artists in this uncertain time and allow commercial organisers of live performances to commence preparations immediately and productions to go ahead with either a live audience or to share content through streaming.

Recipients of this funding allocation range from small to large venues, producers and promoters and grants range from €10,000 to €400,000.

The funds will support a variety of live events planned including concerts, pantomimes, theatre productions, festivals, outdoor performances and comedy events.

The exceptional demand for this pilot scheme contributed to Minister Martin’s decision to ensure a much larger package would be available to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters next year as part of Budget 2021 funding.

Minister Martin said: “I am very conscious of the unprecedented nature of the challenge facing the live performance sector, not least from a financial point of view and accordingly I’m very pleased to announce this funding allocation which I’m sure will greatly assist in the employment of performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector.

“I was also delighted to recently announce €50 million in support for the sector in Budget 2021 – which will encompass a range of supports for live entertainment events to take place in venues next year across the country, and other measures to support music, and a new grant scheme for equipment.

“This scheme, designed after consultation with the sector, helps to de-risk the costs of running productions that may be postponed, cancelled or curtailed due to restrictions to safeguard public health. The live events sector was one of the first to close and I want to ensure that it will be supported and there once again for musicians, artists and performers.”


The list of successful applicants under this pilot Live Performance Support Scheme is available here:

ApplicantLocation of performancesType of eventSpecificsRecommended Grant
Deeramber LtdArts Centres/ Theatres nationwideTheatrical Production – liveTheatrical Production at a number of art centres nationwide€66,000
Una Molloy/Pearse Doherty/Peter KellyClareMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances in Doolin€140,000
Hotel DoolinClareMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€48,640
Seclusion PropertiesCorkMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances€100,000
Curve Management LimitedCorkMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances at Mitchelstown Caves€76,000
Ehawa LtdCorkMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€48,640
Sams Music House LtdCorkMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€38,760
Robert & Eileen BlackwellCorkMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€38,760
Coughlans BarCorkMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€38,760
Brookview Taverns LtdCorkMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€38,760
Crane LaneCorkMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€48,640
Levis Corner HouseCorkMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€38,760
Sin éCorkMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€38,760
Robert MurphyDublinCommunity Panto – livePanto at Civic Theatre€20,000
Body & Soul Events Creations LtdDublinVariety performance – liveVariety performances with musician, spoken word, dance.€100,000
Onhand Booking & Events LtdDublinOutdoor performances – liveA number of live outdoor performances€40,000
Pod FestivalsDublinFestival with live streamingFestival with live streaming of performances€90,000
Eden Quay Theatre LtdDublinComedy performances – liveA number of live performances at the Laughter Lounge€34,305
Whelans live DACDublinMusic Performance – liveA number of live performances at Whelans€140,000
Willogrove LimitedDublinMusic Performance – liveA number of live performances€48,640
Pat Egan Sound LimitedDublinPantomime – livePantomime at the Olympia Theatre€300,000
Aiken Promotions (Ireland)DublinMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances at Vicar Street€400,000
Verdant ProductionsDublinPantomime – livePantomime at the Draíocht Theatre€141,140
Olympia Theatre UCDublinChristmas performances at Olympia – liveperformances at the Olympia Theatre€300,000
TheatreworX ProductionsDublinPantomime – livePantomime at the Helix Theatre€60,000
Noyfield LimitedDublinMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€57,760
The Sound HouseDublinMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€48,640
The Grand SocialDublinMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€57,760
Workman’s ClubDublinMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€57,760
Ten feet Tall PromotionsDublin, Kilkenny, GalwayMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances€100,000
Róisín Dubh Pub LTDGalwayMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€57,760
Black GateGalwayMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€38,760
Gleneagle Hotel KillarneyKerryMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances at the INEC€400,000
O’Connors Public HouseKerryMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€38,760
Langton Hotel LtdKilkennyMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€57,760
Aragon Beverages KilkennyKilkennyMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€38,760
The Wrens Nest LtdLaoisMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€48,640
Jendagi LtdLimerickPantomime – livePantomime at the University Concert Hall€400,000
Michael & Valerie DolanLimerickMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€57,760
Drogheda Theatre CompanyLouthCommunity Panto – livePanto at Drogheda Theatre€20,000
Spirit Store LtdLouthMusic Performances – live/onlineMusic Performances – live€48,640
CM Bard Tavern Ltd.MayoMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances€38,760
TF Productions LtdMayoMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances in County Mayo€13,000
Conor Jacob Ltd t/aMeathMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances in County Meath€17,000
MPI Bands LtdNationwideMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances nationwide€140,000
Lisa Richards LtdNationwideMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances nationwide€28,000
Mike Fallon, Will Carty, Elizabeth FallonNationwideMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances nationwide€61,000
The Short comedy Theatre Co. Ltd.NationwideComedy performances – liveA number of live performances nationwide€80,000
Special Eye Entertainment LtdNationwideComedy performances – liveA number of live performances nationwide€75,000
Cherrycool LtdOffalyOutdoor performances – liveA number of outdoor entertainment shows/livestream€200,000
Kieran Quinn PromotionsSligoMusic Performance – liveMusic Performances in Hawks Well Theatre€20,000
Sligoville LtdSligoMusic Performances – liveA number of live performances in County Sligo€35,000
PPJ Ltd & CWB LtdTipperaryOutdoor performances – liveOutdoor performances at Birdhill Co Tipperary€71,200
Cat Laughs LimitedVarious venues around KilkennyComedy performances – liveA number of live performances at various venues in the city€105,400
The Academic Band LtdWestmeathSolo Music Performance -liveLive performances in Mullingar€35,000
CoAnt EntertainmentWexfordMusic performance – liveA number of live performances in Wexford€20,000
Lantern EventsWexfordMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€57,760
Kazbar Ltd.WexfordMusic Performances – liveMusic Performances – live€48,640
5,009,085
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