New Schemes Worth €2.8m Launched to Support Night-Time Economy

Arts Council Director Maureen Kennelly, DJ Handsome Paddy, Minister Catherine Martin and Sunil Sharp of the Give us the Night campaign at the funding launch this week (Photo: Maxwell Photography).

New Schemes Worth €2.8m Launched to Support Night-Time Economy

€2m for soundproofing measures and €800k for late-night events now available.

Minister for the Arts Catherine Martin has this week announced a new package of supports for the night-time economy, including a pilot programme for late-night events at arts centres and measures to address sound emissions. 

The Late Night Events Pilot Programme, which is being administered by the Arts Council, is aimed at supporting arts centres across the country to extend their programming to include late night activities such as concerts, DJ nights, theatre and comedy. The fund also aims to encourage new partnerships between arts centres, local authorities, promoters and artists. Twelve successful applicants will be selected for the programme and funding of up to €60,000 is available.

The fund is currently open for applications until 24 August. Visit

Sound-proofing and late venues
A €2m fund for addressing sound emissions from late-night venues has also been included in the range of supports. The Noise Mitigation Grant Scheme
 is aimed towards nightclubs, late bars and late-night concert venues and will provide funding for measures such as sound insulation, noise-cancelling systems, window and door seals, acoustic absorbers, outdoor noise barriers and crowd management facilities. Funding of up to €70,000 is available and successful applicants will receive 70% of the total cost of works.

The fund opened for applications this week and will remain open until all funds have been awarded. Visit

Commenting on the funding, Minister Martin said:

The Late Night Events Pilot Programme which I am announcing today, will seek to use our publicly funded cultural spaces around the country to their fullest potential and make them appealing to new audiences… 

If we are going to develop our cities and towns as vibrant places to live, socialise and work we need to manage the Night-Time Economy in a balanced way so we support those residents living in our busy towns and cities, whilst also supporting the growth and development of our Night-Time Economy Sector.

A new series of events in Dublin city centre has also been launched. ‘Summer Nights at Moore Street’ is a food market and programme of cultural events in Moore Street Market and is being presented in partnership with Dublin City Council. The events, which began last week, will take place every Thursday night until 6 August and will feature street art, live music, storytelling, magic acts and circus performances. The project is part of a wider city initiative to provide a series of night markets in Dublin City. The scheme will be rolled out to towns around the country in future to provide events not centred on the sale of alcohol. 

For further information, visit

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Published on 19 July 2023

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