A universal income scheme for artists has been recommended by the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce, which published its report today.

The taskforce was set up in September to prepare recommendations on how the arts and culture sector can adapt and recover from the unprecedented damage arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among its recommendations are a pilot universal basic income scheme for a three-year period in the arts, culture, audiovisual and live performance and events sectors.

The pilot could involve a payment at the rate of the national minimum wage, and would be in lieu of an alternative primary social welfare payment.

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Other income could then be earned and taxed separately.

Other recommendations include education and training supports, mental health supports and social protection and copyright measures.

The report has been welcomed by Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht Catherine Martin.

It has also been welcomed by groups including the National Campaign for the Arts which said it represents a further significant step towards the survival, recovery and strengthening of the arts and events industry.

Screen Ireland said the taskforce proved crucial in highlighting the full extent of the devastating impact of the pandemic on arts and culture, and constructive in developing practical recommendations to support recovery.