Social Welfare Scheme for Self-Employed Artists

Social Welfare Scheme for Self-Employed Artists extended to Dancers and Choreographers.

Dance Ireland welcomes the news that professional members of Dance Ireland, working as self-employed dancers and choreographers will be eligible to avail of an enhanced Social Welfare Scheme for artists.

The scheme recognises the unique creative circumstances of dancers and choreographers in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance.

From September, self-employed dancers and choreographers, who are professional members of Dance Ireland, and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance for the first year that they are out of work will be able to focus on their artistic work and developing their practice, rather than having to participate in the normal labour market activation activities.

Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD and Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection Regina Doherty TD, announced the extension of the scheme on a permanent basis to include all self-employed artists.

This is an initiative of the Creative Ireland programme and follows on from a pilot scheme involving writers & visual artists, facilitated by VAI and the Irish Writers Centre. Minister Madigan and Minister Doherty recently secured Cabinet approval to establish the scheme on a permanent basis and to open to all artistic disciplines. A review of the pilot is to be published in due course.

Dance Ireland is working closely with the Department of Culture and Department of Social Protection on a certification process in order to enable our professional members’ avail of the scheme. Dance Ireland will be one of the designated approving bodies for the scheme, and we will certify the professional status of dancers and choreographers through our membership scheme.

This is part of our advocacy work and one of a number of new initiatives, arising out of our Strategy and new enhanced membership proposition which we will roll out in the coming months. 

More details to follow.