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Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance

16th October 2019 by admin

The Writers’ Guild of Ireland are pleased to announce to members that the Scheme for Professional Artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance has now been extended to our members. The Scheme now recognises scriptwriters as professional artists and is designed to support writers and artists during times when their incomes are low.

According to the regulations of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, in order to apply for this scheme, you need to fulfil certain criteria. You must:

  • qualify for Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • be capable, available for and genuinely seeking work
  • be registered with the Office of the Revenue Commissioners as self-employed
  • satisfy a means test with 50% earnings from work as a writer
  • be a professional writer as certified by your Guild

If you meet the requirements as outlined above, these are the steps you should take.

Request from the Guild a ‘Certificate of Professional Membership’ (email: info@script.ie). This Certificate will be posted to any member in good standing who requests it. Please note that members must bring hard copies of the Certificate, which are certified and stamped by the WGI, to their local DEASP office. For this reason Certificates will be sent to members by post and not by email.
Apply to your local DEASP office for the Jobseeker’s Allowance for Professional Artists Scheme, providing them with the ‘Certificate of Professional Membership’ and any other paperwork relevant to your application.
Should you encounter any difficulties, please feel free to contact the Guild and we’ll do our best to advise you.

If the DEASP give you access to this Scheme, this means that they recognise that you are a professional writer and your ‘activation’ period will be postponed for 12 months while you’re on this scheme. The rate of payment is the same as for Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Further information:

http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Social-Welfare-Scheme-for-Professional-Artists-on-Jobseeker

https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/unemployed_people/jobseekers_allowance_professional_artists

Script Frenzy 2011

24th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Fancy a challenge for the month of April?

For the annual Script Frenzy the aim is to write 100 pages of original scripted material in the 30 days of April. (Screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, and graphic novels are all welcome.)

Writers can join the web site, find other writers who are striving toward the same goal and thus encourage each other. Script Frenzy is a donation-funded non-profit and doesn’t charge a fee for participation.

There are also no valuable prizes awarded or “best” scripts singled out. Every writer who completes the goal of 100 pages gains the satisfaction of finishing his or her project within the parameters and on deadline.

So get writing in April!

Cullen Defends the Arts

2nd October 2009 by Maura McHugh

Martin Cullen, the Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism, appeared on the RTÉ Radio 1 show, Arts Tonight, on September 28.

He discussed with Vincent Woods future strategies for the Arts in Ireland, and stressed that he does not intend cutting the Artist’s Tax Exemption, getting rid of Culture Ireland, or the Irish Film Board.

He promised to publish a recent DKM consultant report that indicates that the added value from the Arts was over €11.8 billion in 2008. He pointed out that Cultural Tourism is expected to grow by about 15% in the coming years, and added:

Why at a time when we have hard facts in front of us would we be undermining where we are world leaders? And we’re not world leaders in many areas. But clearly in the whole area of artistic endeavour, in the general area of culture and arts, we are world leaders, and that’s something that has to be minded and guarded.

Interviews about the National Campaign for the Arts

29th September 2009 by Maura McHugh

Here is a video of interviews conducted by Darragh Doyle last week, upon the launch for the National Campaign for the Arts. It includes discussions with Tania Banotti, Irish Theatre Forum; Bill Whelan, Composer; Colm Toibín, Author; Anne Enright, Author; Donal Gleeson, Actor; Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre; Lenny Abrahamson, Filmmaker; Loughlin Deegan, the Dublin Theatre Festival; Don Wycherly, Actor; Sarah Bolger, Actress.

Art Can Make us Proud

29th September 2009 by Maura McHugh

The National Campaign for the Arts website has published the speech made by Roddy Doyle at the Theatre Forum / Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival event for Dublin TDs and Dublin City Councillors, which took place on September 24 2009.

It’s called Art can make us feel proud of who we are, and in it Roddy lays out the case for how arts funding helped his career, and the career of those he worked with, to bring stories to Irish people about their lives.

Well-aimed support from the Arts Council, Culture Ireland, the Irish Film Board and from Dublin City Council can have, and does have, an enormous impact – sometimes years later. This week, one reason we feel proud of our city is because we come from the same place as Brendan Gleeson. I’m delighted – and very lucky. Because I saw – I experienced – Brendan acting in a play I wrote called BROWNBREAD. The play was produced by The Passion Machine, with support from the Arts Council, 22 years ago. I wrote it, Brendan acted in it, Paul Mercier directed it. At the risk of sounding arrogant, it was money well spent.