Funding of over three-quarters of a million euro has been announced for 9 proposed events in Mayo, under the Live Performance Support Scheme.
Nationally, the Government has announced 25 million euro in funding to help gigs and festivals to happen this year.
The Live Performance Support Scheme aims to provide money for live events to take place even with reduced attendances.
Mayo deputy Alan Dillon, is the Fine Gael Spokesperson for Tourism and Sport, he says the funding will assist in the employment of performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, bringing much-needed employment to many who have not had work for many months.
Deputy Dillon has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about today’s funding announcement.
Details of the schemes funded in county Mayo under the scheme include:
Almost €160,000 has been awarded to NIBIRU Leisure Ltd for A Wild Atlantic Cultural journey at the TF Royal Hotel & Theatre in Castlebar - which features music, dance and literary arts from Connacht and the Gaeltacht.
TF Productions Ltd has been allocated over €148,000 for "Songs For Ireland" - featuring Tommy Fleming and his band in live concerts.
Audrey Noone of A& G Production & Event Management will get almost €127,000 for a number of performances with Cover band Ireland.
Over €100,000 has been allocated to MEPC Music Ltd for Michael English and his band to tour various hotels and theatres across Ireland.
Over €58,000 goes to Storm Films Ltd for Waking Wonders - a feminist-centred Irish Trad Arts show celebrating the rite of the Irish Wake and other Celtic, pagan and catholic feminine icons.
The McWilliam Park has been awarded over €52,000 for a showcase of country music through the Summer.
Mulroys in Castlebar have been allocated over €42,000 for outdoor and streamed live music and comedy events at Garbo's venue and Hogs Heaven Bar ,featuring Irish performers.
Fergal Murphy of FOM Productions Ltd will get €42,000 for an Irish music, song and dance show for live audience and streaming,
Over €26,000 goes to the Westport Woods hotel for local music performances.