Local Live Performance Scheme - Event Application Form

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Local Live Performance Programming Scheme Round 4

Call for Applications

In March 2021, the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media announced a €50m suite of COVID-19 measures to support the commercial live performance sector to assist producers, promoters and venues to provide support for people in the industry.  An element of this was an allocation to local authorities to support commercial live performance locally from July to October 2021. A subsequent second and third round of the scheme supported artists to undertake live events in late 2021 and earlier this year.

The minister recently announced a further fourth strand of the LLPPS scheme to support employment opportunities for artists, performers and crew to help underpin the recovery of the live performance sector.   The funding can be used to support employment and wellbeing in the commercial arts and culture sectors through the provision of live performances from 1st July to 31st October 2022.

What is it for?

As well as the primary purpose of supporting artists and others who work in the live performance sector, the programme is a valuable opportunity for festivals, venues and event organisers who haven’t been active throughout the last two years to access support and guidance to return to programming events, and for audiences to return to attending live performances in Leitrim.

The programme should endeavour to include local professional artists and may incorporate multiple genres. In this context ‘local’ is taken to mean those from or living in County Leitrim (or a reasonable distance thereof). It is acknowledged however that for artistic or curatorial reasons it may be necessary to also include artists from elsewhere, and that a band or a theatre cast may have some members from Leitrim and others from elsewhere. It may also be the case that essential technical or production services cannot be sourced locally.

Who can apply?

Leitrim based festivals, venues, event producers, promoters, arts organisations as well as theatre companies, professional bands or other groups of professional musicians, or any entity that we can work with to facilitate the development of live performances in Leitrim from now to the end of October 2022. Applications from individuals will only be considered where the application is in partnership with a venue, festival or organisation, and the application in the name of the venue/festival/organisation.

Where an event is proposed for an ad-hoc venue or public space, applicants should provide a preliminary event management plan must be provided (download template).

Where an event is in an arts venue with professional staff, a preliminary venue agreement must be provided (download template).

What can I apply for?

All costs incurred in the presentation of work for live performance including but not limited to -

-Personnel Costs including fees for artists, producers, directors, technicians etc.
-Production Costs including staging, sound/lighting hire, transport, sets, costumes etc.
-Marketing and PR
-Venue Hire
-Health & Safety/Security

Payment of Grants

-There is no minimum or maximum award; however, it is anticipated that awards will generally be between €2,000 and €10,000.
-Payment to successful applicants will be made by electronic fund transfer only. Recipients may draw down 70% of funding immediately following selection and confirmation of final programme details, budget and schedule and detailed Venue Agreement or Event Management Plan.
-The remaining 30% may be drawn down following the public presentation of the project, and submission of a short report along with documentation (photographs, video, press reviews etc.), and final accounts.
-Recipients of grant aid must acknowledge the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Leitrim County Council.

Proposals are assessed on:

-the quality and ambition of the activities
-the capacity of the applicants to manage those events
-the extent to which the events achieve the aims of supporting local professional artists
-the extent to which the events provide valuable opportunities for audiences to experience innovative high quality live performance.
-value of investment – the extent to which the proposal can achieve all of the above in the context of the overall programme budget.*


*Value of investment does not mean lower cost events. On the contrary, it is a purpose and criterion of the scheme that all professional artists are paid appropriately in line with the Arts Council’s policy of payment of artists. It is also a criterion of the scheme to provide high quality events for audiences to engage with. However, the application process is competitive, and in determining its funding decisions the council will endeavour to ensure the optimum benefit can be achieved for both artists and audiences.

How do I apply?

The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on Sunday 24th July 2022. Applications may be made online only. Once you have downloaded and completed the application form and all mandatory appendices, and gathered any optional appendices you wish to include, you can apply online though the link below.

Please note that the following attachments are essential, and you will need to have them ready to upload for your online application to be submitted successfully.

-Completed Application Form
-Income and Expenditure Budget
-CVs or biographies of artists for whom funding is sought
-Preliminary Event Managment Plan or Preliminary Venue Agreement (except for established arts venues)
-Copy of Child Protection Policy (if project involves working with children)

Optional Appendices include

-CVs or biographies of other artists involved
-Further press or marketing material relating to artists
-Press or marketing material relting to previous events
-any other relvent information


Apply Online

For further information please contact leitrimliveperformance@gmail.com.

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