On Monday 29th June 2020 Theatre and Dance NI facilitated a cross-party meeting on the arts attended by MLAs Clare Bailey, Mike Nesbitt, Sinéad Ennis, Paula Bradley, Kellie Armstrong and Matthew O’Toole, and representatives from across our sector to discuss five immediate needs and next steps.
The needs are:
1) Sustain the workforce through Immediate Hardship Fund for individuals within the workforce to support and sustain freelancers & self-employed.
2) Sustain the workforce through support for the self-employed and employees through the continuation and extension of the Job Retention Scheme & SEISS Scheme.
3) Stabilisation Fund for arts organisations.
4) Rescue Fund for venues.
5) Creation of NI Cultural Taskforce/Cultural Sector Recovery Plan.