Minister Catherine Martin has welcomed the BAI announcement of an open Sound and Vision funding round of €6.9m to support the production of content in the broadcasting, audio and audiovisual sector. This will incorporate ring-fenced funding that supports the live music sector.
Minister Martin, recognising the severe challenges faced by Irish musicians and the live music sector as a result of COVID-19, had asked the BAI to include a call for specific projects to support this sector in an open round of the Sound and Vision Scheme and provided €1.4m for this purpose.
Speaking today the Minister said: “I am delighted that the BAI is putting this round in place which will complement the other initiatives my department has already put in place to support the live music sector. Musicians, in a sector severely damaged by the pandemic, need opportunities to perform. These new broadcasting grants will give their music a platform, especially at a time when the public really miss going to concerts. I look forward to enjoying the projects that will be made possible through the additional funding and am delighted that the open round will significantly benefit independent producers and broadcasters at this difficult time.”
Details of the round are available at BAI.ie.