Civic Theatre Tallaght fund to support artists during Covid 19 pandemic

by Padraig Conlon

The Civic Theatre in Tallaght is fundraising to help artists who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The local theatre will pay small grants of up to €500 to affected artists on a first-come, first-served basis.

In a statement, the theatre said: “The Civic, Tallaght wants to play its part to help us come together as a community to try and make it just a bit easier to get through this.

“Although we, and many of our venue colleagues, have made a commitment to honouring wages and fees on co-productions currently in progress and on hold, this cannot meet the emergency needs of artists.

“Artists, arts workers and performers are one of the most instantly impacted groups of people in this unprecedented crisis that we find ourselves in.

“Artists in Ireland are living with no safety net, working from gig to gig, event to event.”

Applications for a grant from the Artist Emergency Relief Fund opened on Wednesday, March 17.

Those who want to contribute to the cause can make donations to the official GoFundMe page, which had reached more than €21,400 at the time of going to print, just days after it was launched.

In a statement released after passing its target of €20k on Monday, the theatre said: “We will issue grants on Wednesday [March 18], sending money straight to people’s bank accounts and PayPal accounts; [this is] quick, immediate help.

“This is a rolling grant that will run until April 30. The fundraising doesn’t stop.

“Please keep sharing – that’s what’s helped this appeal reach its goal in less than three days.”

Those who want to contribute can make donations to the GoFundMe account here.

To qualify, artists must live in Ireland and have experienced lost income related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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