Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme: opening 12th April 2022

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The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme will run over a three year period (2022 – 2025) and will be open to eligible artists and creative arts sector workers. Eligibility will be based on the definition of the arts as contained in the Arts Act 2003;

““arts” means any creative or interpretative expression (whether traditional or contemporary) in whatever form, and includes, in particular, visual arts, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera, film, circus and architecture, and includes any medium when used for those purposes”.

The overarching objective of the scheme is to address the earnings instability that can be associated with the intermittent, periodic, and often project-based nature of work in the arts. The scheme will research the impact on artists and creative arts workers creative practice of providing the security of a basic income, thereby reducing income precarity.


  • The application portal will open from 1pm on Tuesday April 12th 2022.
  • Deadline for receipt of all applications is 1pm on Thursday 12th May 2022.
  • Applicants may make only one application to participate. Making multiple applications will disqualify applicants from the scheme.








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