Limerick, Ireland

EVA Supports NCFA’s National Arts Recovery Plan

NCFA (National Campaign For the Arts) is a volunteer-led, grassroots movement that makes the case for the arts in Ireland. Their work ensures that the arts are on national and local government agendas and are recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish life.

EVA supports NCFA’s recently published National Arts Recovery Plan that has been developed in the context of COVID-19 and its consequences for the arts sector. Following surveys by the Arts Council of artists, arts workers and arts organisations across the country, it is estimated that organisations will lose €2.9 million in income per month of shutdown and the economic impact of the shutdown to date is estimated at over €10 million. 19,000 days of paid work have been lost to the end of April 2020 A potential income of €6.4 million will be lost from cancelled activities to the end of May in 2020. Over 12,000 events have been cancelled. In just 8 weeks of lockdown, more than 2.4 million members of the public have lost out on artistic experiences.

The National Arts Recovery Plan is a 13 point plan that addresses the immediate, medium term, and long term needs of the arts sector in Ireland, It advocates for political and financial support from the government, subsidiary departments, and relevant state funding bodies.

Read the National Arts Recovery Plan here.