Today (Wednesday, 15 December) Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will host a stakeholder forum on Basic Income for the Arts (BIA) to elicit the views of artists and those working in the arts and culture sector.
As Minister with responsibility for arts and culture, Catherine Martin TD said: “This is a once in a generation policy intervention, a measure that I believe will redraw the landscape for the arts for hopefully many years to come. Our culture and the arts are a fundamental expression of who we are as a nation. Our rich cultural heritage is one of our greatest assets, and our artists weave a sense of identity, creativity and belonging into the fabric of our communities. The intrinsic societal value of culture and the arts was particularly evident during the pandemic, where it provided colour, light and hope in uncertain times.”