The Government has committed to prioritise a basic income guarantee pilot scheme for artists.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin said this was the number one recommendation from the sector through the Arts and Culture Recovery task force.

The Minister described the pilot scheme as "unprecedented support" and said it would involve a significant number of artists.

The National Campaign for the Arts described the news of the basic income pilot as a "historic milestone" for artists and arts workers and said it was a reflection of a nation that truly and authentically understands and supports the artistic process.

Chair of the NCFA, Angela Dorgan said that after five years of lobbying, by NCFA members past and present, "myself and the steering committee are thrilled to see a Basic Income pilot for artists and arts workers included in the Economic Recovery Plan 2021".

"We look forward to seeing the details of the pilot as they emerge and continuing to input and advocate for our community," she said.