The maintenance of the Arts Council funding at €130m, and €25m for a basic income scheme for artists are among the key points for the arts and culture sector announced in this year's Budget.
Full details of the budget allocation for the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will be revealed at a departmental briefing tomorrow, however Minister Catherine Martin released a number of the 'top line' figures this afternoon.
These include a sum of €25m for the live entertainment sector which was badly hit by Covid-19 and €5.5m for the new Media Commission. Meanwhile, €4.3m in additional funding has been allocated for Irish language programming at TG4.
Chair of the Arts Council Kevin Rafter said the funding is a "clear signal that the arts sector is central to the Government's recovery plan", while the representative body, the National Campaign for the Arts, said the proposed basic income guarantee scheme was something it had worked hard for, and it was looking forward to seeing key details as they emerged.
The group said that continued investment in arts and culture will be vital in ensuring the sector survives the challenges of the pandemic and begins to build for a sustainable future, and it described this investment as a "first step forward" in addressing what it termed the damage inflicted during a decade of cuts before the pandemic.
CEO Screen Producers Ireland Susan Kirby said its 22% increase in capital funding to €32m shows the confidence the Government has in the creative screen sector.
She said the increase in capital will enable more Irish independent production companies to develop and produce dynamic, diverse and award-winning content.
She also welcomed the increase in funding to TG4, saying it would enable Irish language production companies, principally located outside the Dublin/Wicklow hub to create content and employment opportunities.
A full briefing from Minister Catherine Martin and Minister of State Jack Chambers TD will take place tomorrow afternoon.
Speaking in the Dáil today, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath said that the Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media sectors have been particularly hard hit by Covid.
The minister also said that while the upcoming easing of restrictions will assist the sector, he is conscious further support will be required to underpin their recovery.
However, the Music and Entertainment Association of Ireland which represents those in the live entertainment industry said it was "deeply concerned" by the allocation of €25m to the sector, down from €50m last year.
It said the announcement comes as 20% of workers are leaving the sector and a further 40% are considering having to leave. The MEAI said it hoped for further clarity on the budget allocations tomorrow.