Basic Income for the Arts (BIA)

What is the Basic Income for the Arts (BIA)?

The new Basic Income for the Arts (BIA) pilot scheme aims to support the arts and creative practice by giving a payment of €325 a week to artists and creative arts workers.

The main objective of the scheme is to address the financial instability faced by many working in the arts.

The pilot scheme closed for applications on 12 May 2022. 2,000 eligible artists and creative arts workers were selected at random and invited to take part in the pilot scheme.

The anonymised randomised selection of participants was held on 29 August 2022. Successful applicants were notified on 8 September 2022.

The pilot runs over 3 years, from 2022 to 2025.

You should check the BIA guidelines for the most up to date information.

Selection process

Approximately 2,000 eligible applicants were selected to participate in the pilot scheme.

Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you were included in an anonymised random sampling process. A randomiser software was used to select participants at random. The sample was checked to ensure adequate representation.

The anonymised randomised selection of participants was held on 29 August 2022. You should have received notification of the outcome of your application on 8 September 2022.

Check your email and spam folder for this correspondence from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. If you cannot find an email you should email basicincomeforthearts@tcagsm.gov.ie.

Appeals

You can appeal if you think the process for reviewing your application was not adhered to.

You must have a decision email from the Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme team to make an appeal and you must appeal within 5 working days of the date on the decision email.

Rates

You will be paid a BIA grant of €325 a week. Payments will be made monthly.

The pilot will run over 3 years, from 2022 to 2025. As this is a research pilot there is no guarantee that funding will continue after the pilot.

When will payments start?

Start date of your payments will depend on how quickly bank details and evidence of tax clearance are returned to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

You will also have to complete your baseline survey before receiving payment. The baseline survey collects data relating to your situation before the BIA payment starts.

The baseline survey will be made available on the online portal in the coming weeks, and you will be notified by email when this happens.

The first payments are expected to be issued during the second half of October.

The weekly payment will be back-dated to 29 August 2022, which was the date of the anonymised randomised selection.

Taxation of BIA payments

The payment will be taxable, but the amount of tax paid will depend on your individual circumstances.

You will need to register with Revenue as self-employed and pay Schedule D income tax, where appropriate, on the BIA payment. Income from the pilot will be liable for Class S PRSI.

You are entitled to earn additional income, which would also be reckonable for the purposes of income tax.

Social welfare treatment

Income from the scheme will be treated as income from self-employment for the purpose of various means tests.

If you are in receipt of a social welfare payment and receive payments from the pilot scheme, you should advise the Department of Social Protection (DSP) of this change in your circumstances.

Read more about how the BIA interacts with DSP payments.

How does the pilot scheme work?

The pilot scheme will evaluate the impact of a basic income on artists and creative arts workers. The pilot programme will collect and analyse data from BIA recipients and a control group throughout the pilot.

If you were selected to participate on BIA, you will:

  • Take part in the pilot research programme for 3 years (2022 to 2025)
  • Engage in ongoing data collection as part of the pilot to determine the impact of the grant payment

You can read more about the type of data you will need to collect and share if you are selected to participate in the BIA pilot.

If you are asked to participate in the control group

A number of eligible applicants who are not selected to receive the payment were asked to participate in a control group. Control group participants will respond to the same survey and data requests as those in receipt of the payment.

If you participate in the control group, you are paid two weeks basic income for each of the 3 years of the pilot scheme. This means you will get 6 weeks of the BIA payment to compensate you for the time required to engage in the data collection process.

More information

You can read the detailed scheme guidelines or the FAQ page Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme - FAQs for more information about BIA.

You can contact the Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme team by email at basicincomeforthearts@tcagsm.gov.ie.

Page edited: 29 September 2022