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Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme (IERP)

Deadline for applications: Monday 17th August 2020 at 4pm
For more information and details on how to apply, click here

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in collaboration with Future Screens NI, has opened the Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme for applications. This programme is aimed at those working in the creative economy including freelancers, musicians, actors, artists and craft workers.

The overriding objective of this programme is to retain a vital workforce within the creative sector which is at risk of being lost as a result of COVID-19.  Many freelance workers and creatives have lost all earned income this year.  If not given critical support this fragile sector risks losing them and their skills. This poses a major risk for when we return to a functioning arts and creative economy.

Consequently, this programme has been designed to help support individual musicians, artists, actors, craftspeople and freelancers and other creative practitioners who work in the creative industries to sustain and build their creative, professional and technical skills in these challenging times.  The Arts Council also wishes to assist these workers in adapting to the new market conditions that have been brought about as a result of COVID-19.

Applications will also be considered from groups of individuals working in collaboration, provided there is a lead individual making the application.

Who can apply?

The fund is aimed at workers in the creative and arts economy in whatever capacity such as:

  • venue support staff
  • singer songwriters
  • session musicians
  • set designers
  • lighting and sound technicians
  • artists
  • actors
  • musicians
  • rappers
  • writers/poets
  • comedians
  • open mike performers
  • tutors and facilitators
  • dancers
  • choreographers
  • editors and proof readers
  • craftspeople.

This is an indicative list and is not exhaustive.

Click here for details on how to apply.