Once in a generation’: Basic income pilot for artists to start in early 2022

National Campaign for the Arts,
20 December 2021, Ireland

‘Landmark move’ to involve €325 weekly payment without means testing.

A new pilot of basic income for artists and arts workers is set to open for applications early in 2022, following a stakeholder forum hosted by Minister Catherine Martin on Wednesday.

Nearly 200 people from more than 50 organisations representing practising artists and creative arts workers attended the Basic Income for the Arts (BIA) forum to feed into policy underpinning the pilot.

Angela Dorgan, chairwoman of National Campaign for the Arts, which has long campaigned for a basic income scheme, said it was happy with the broad consensus at the forum that eligibility for basic income would be as wide as possible, notwithstanding the limited numbers involved in the pilot.”