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LISTEN BACK: Calls for a 50% increase in funding for independent live entertainment sector

Sep 22, 2021 09:09 By News Northern Sound
LISTEN BACK: Calls for a 50% increase in funding for independent live entertainment sector LISTEN BACK: Calls for a 50% increase in funding for independent live entertainment sector
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The Music & Entertainment Association of Ireland is calling for a 50 percent increase in funding for the independent live entertainment sector, plus special supports for artists with disabilities, as part of its pre-Budget submission.

The submission makes 12 requests of the Government in total and is asking that funding for the independent live entertainment sector be increased to €75m for 2022.

In the top 3 requests, MEAI specifically addresses artists with disabilities in two different schemes, highlighting the need for better support for this group within the arts.

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The theme for the submission is "Invigorate, Involve, Inspire" and the group says it will rebuild the industry in a post-pandemic world.

MEAI spokesperson Matt McGranahan spoke to our reporter Diarmuid Pepper about the pre-budget submission:

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