Applications for Ireland’s new Basic Income for the Arts pilot program, which will give 2,000 artists €325 (~$354) a week with no restrictions on spending, will officially open tomorrow, April 12. The selected artists will be randomly chosen from a pool of qualified applicants, and the pilot program will be tested for a period of three years.
“It is recognition, at government level, of the important role of the arts in Irish society. It also places a value on the time spent developing a creative practice and producing art,” reads a press release for the initiative.
The program is not restricted to the visual arts: Literature, theater, music, dance, circus, and architecture are among the many eligible mediums. The application is also noncompetitive — artists only have to meet the eligibility requirements in order to be entered into the pool. To continue reading click here