Europe and North America: News Updates

 

Ukrainian Parliament passes at first reading Bill reducing VAT to 7% for representatives of Culture, Creative Industries

Verkhovna Rada has passed at first reading the President’s draft law on reducing value added tax (VAT) to 7% for representatives of culture, tourism, creative industries.

An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported that some 273 MPs voted in favor of bill No. 3851 on amending the Tax Code of Ukraine to support culture, tourism and creative industries at first reading at the meeting on Tuesday, September 15.

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Transition Arts Task Force

A COVID-19 Transition Arts Task Force has been set up by the Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government in collaboration with Arts Council Malta.

Over the past months, the cultural and creative sectors have faced and continue to face numerous challenges relating to the cancellation of events, the closing of cultural venues, the calls for digital shifts, as well as the development of artistic practices in extraordinary circumstances.

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Dutch Performing Art Fund to receive extra €15M

The Performing Arts Fund (Fonds Podiumkunsten, FPK) will receive an extra €15 million from the Dutch government to distribute among music ensembles and theatre companies which were assessed positively but did not receive support due to a shortage of funding, according to NRC.

In August, the government-backed cultural fund, which originally totalled €62 million, distributed €21m per year in grants for a period of four years (2012-2024) among 78 institutions.

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£15 million to save Scotland’s cultural venues

Galleries, theatres, comedy clubs, nightclubs and festivals across Argyll and Bute are being invited to apply for a share of £15 million from the Scottish Government with the deadline closing a week on Thursday.

The pot of money called the ‘Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund’ aims to provide emergency support to organisations unable to trade due to the coronavirus restrictions.

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Wales to launch £7m freelancer fund

A final tranche of Welsh Government emergency funding will be reserved for up to 12,800 creatives – but the Culture Minister says organisations need a “total change of attitude” towards recovery.

A £7m fund for freelance creatives will be launched next month, the Welsh Government has announced.

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UK Publishes Details For $646M Film & TV Production Insurance Restart Scheme

The UK government has published the awaited eligibility criteria and guidelines for its £500M ($646M) film and TV production restart program.

The scheme is aimed at helping UK productions that have been suspended and are not able to secure insurance going forward, or are yet to start because of no existing insurance, get back underway before the end of the year.

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Sweden dedicates extra 1.5 BN KR to Culture

Sweden’s governing parties are dedicating an extra 1.5 billion kr (€144m) to culture this year to compensate for the economic consequences caused by the pandemic and ensure the sector’s full recovery.

In addition, an extra 1bn kr will be set aside for 2021 for the restructuring and restart of cultural activities throughout the country. Details of its distribution will be revealed at a later date.

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B.C. creates $2-million fund for local filmmakers

The provincial government is allocating $2 million for local filmmakers in an effort to restart B.C.’s film studios.

The fund, called the Domestic Motion Picture Fund, will assist B.C.-based filmmakers in their production phase, according to a press release. The goal is to speed up the recovery of the industry, which is worth around $3.5 billion annually to B.C.’s economy, notes a Telefilm Canada study.

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Canada’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for Film Producers Gets $19 Million Injection

As Hollywood location shooting in Canada slowly reopens, the country’s overstretched COVID-19 rescue funds for indie film and TV producers has received another injection from the federal government.

The Canada Media Fund, a key investor in local TV series using in part public funds, announced another $19 million for its COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund on Thursday. The CMF offered another $88.8 million to local producers as part of its emergency relief fund in May.

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Greek Government covid-19 assistance for the arts and culture

Artists and other professionals in the fields of the arts and culture (including tour guides), will receive a special compensation for activity suspended and incomes lost, during the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement was made by Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis.

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Netherlands announces €482M aid for culture sector

Following weeks of protests by beleaguered live entertainment businesses, the Netherlands’ government has announced a further €482 million in emergency funding for the Dutch cultural sector.

The new funding, announced today (28 August), follows an initial package of €300m made available to cultural businesses in April.

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Edinburgh international festival to hold more online events after 1m views

The Edinburgh international festival will use far more digital technology and film-making after its online opera, classical and ballet performances were viewed more than 1 million times last month, its director has said.

Fergus Linehan said the festival would embrace digital content in future following its enforced move online last month, with a much lower number of shows, after the city’s summer festivals were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Greek Government Covid-19 assistance for the arts and culture

Artists and other professionals in the fields of the arts and culture (including tour guides), will receive a special compensation for activity suspended and incomes lost, during the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement was made by Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis.

Further, the government is extending suspension of contracts in certain sectors (catering, transport, tourism, sports, culture) for the month of October.

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Netherlands announces  €482M aid for Culture Sector

Following weeks of protests by beleaguered live entertainment businesses, the Netherlands’ government has announced a further €482 million in emergency funding for the Dutch cultural sector.

The new funding, announced today (28 August), follows an initial package of €300m made available to cultural businesses in April.

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Recovery plan: an effort of 2 billion euros for Culture

Culture, at the heart of our intimate construction and of our social cohesion, a marker of France’s international influence, has been very hard hit by the health crisis. With 2 billion euros for Culture, the response is massive and global. The stake of the recovery plan in Culture is both to rebuild the cultural sectors and to reform cultural policies, in order to be able to support the resumption of activity and to project oneself into the future.

Culture as a whole has been hit hard by the health crisis.

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Aid measures to rebuild the audiovisual sector

Closure of cinemas and theaters, stoppage of filming, authors without work, technicians without assignments, drop in advertising revenue for television channels: since the beginning of March, the cinema and television sector has been living a real nightmare.

Faced with this economic disaster, the public authorities decided to proceed in two stages: first by putting in place emergency measures, then by trying to stay the course of the new audiovisual law and the transposition of the European directive. SMA (Audiovisual Media Services).

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The press will receive 483 million euros in additional aid over two years

A dozen leaders of national and regional dailies were received Thursday evening August 27 at the Elysee Palace, where Emmanuel Macron presented, accompanied by the ministers of economy and culture, Bruno Le Maire and Roselyne Bachelot, new measures to support the press sector. The executive thus announced a sum of 483 million euros in aid over two years, with a view to preserving “a free, independent and pluralist press” .

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Covid-19: the CNC will benefit from aid of 165 million euros

At the opening of the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival on August 28, Jean Castex specified the first measures of the revival plan for the cinema sector.

During a speech at the opening of the festival reported by AFP , the Prime Minister returned to a subject eagerly awaited by film professionals in these times of health crisis: the refinancing of the National Center for Cinema and Animated Image ( CNC). As a reminder, Jean Castex announced on August 26  that the cultural sector would benefit from 2 billion euros out of the 100 billion included in the economic recovery plan. Last June, the President spoke of the refinancing of his flagship institution, the CNC.

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Arts Response Initiative

The $1.6M Arts Response Initiative is an investment in the diversity and vitality of the arts across Ontario. The one-time initiative supports individual artists, ad hoc groups and collectives, and arts organizations to carry out their activities in an environment of change. This initiative encourages exploration, adaptation, and the development of new ways of working that will increase the inclusiveness and resilience of Ontario’s arts sector, both now and into the future.

To develop the Arts Response Initiative, OAC held consultations and roundtables with artists and arts organizations across Ontario. These conversations made it clear that COVID-19 is having an acute impact on the arts sector, affecting everyone both professionally and personally. We also heard that the impacts of the pandemic are being experienced unevenly across communities and regions in the province, exacerbating existing inequities. As a result, projects that support OAC priority groups, including Black and Indigenous artists, will be given particular consideration. For the arts to move forward and grow more resilient, we must ensure that all communities are included.

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Arts Council England Annual Report: ‘We will not be able to save every organisation’

The Arts Council England has released its annual report for 2019 / 2020. Though it covers a period from April 2019 to March 2020, the report also provides reflections on the ongoing Covid-crisis and how it affects the arts. Earlier this month, culture secretary Oliver Dowden revealed that it may not be until November that venues will know if they can reopen without social distancing.

In his opening statement, chair Nicholas Serota said: “The resilience and adaptability that people have shown in recent months is a clear demonstration of how an ability to think creatively is present in each of us.”

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Germany increases national art acquisition budget by 600 percent

On Monday, the German government announced a surprise six-fold addition to the Federal Art Collection’s acquisition budget as part of a new cultural initiative to help artists, galleries, and dealers impacted by the pandemic. The ministry’s funds will increase from $590,000 to $3.5 million.

The bonus aims to “provide a rapid and effective impulse to revive art production in the current difficult situation,” according to Culture Minister Monika Grütters. It is an addendum to the country’s $1.17 billion New Start initiative, a bailout for the cultural sector that launched in June and has been favorably compared to the Depression-era Federal Art Project in the United States.

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Italy’s Publishers Hail New €10 Million Fund for Small Publishers

A bright spot in one of the most protracted struggles for stability among world publishing markets: the Italian publishers’ association (Associazione Italiana Editori, AIE) this morning (July 31) is cheering the Giuseppe Conte government’s new €10 million fund (US$11.8 million) for pandemic-endangered piccolo editori, small publishers.

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£500m ‘jump-start’ for UK production industries

In a major move to jump start the UK’s cultural and creative sectors following lockdown, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced the launch of a Government-backed scheme worth half a billion pounds (€551m) for domestic film and TV productions struggling to get coronavirus-related insurance.

The Government has also set out how organisations can apply for £880 million in grants from next week as part of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, which is the Government’s biggest ever one-off investment in the arts.

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BFI readies £30m recovery fund for England’s independent cinemas

The BFI has released guidelines for the £30m Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England, aimed at supporting venues that continue to face major challenges around reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund will be open for applications from August 10, issuing grants that will enable non-profit and independent cinemas to open with safety measures in place protecting employees and audiences. The deadline to apply is October 30.

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European Commission and European Investment Fund announce new coronavirus measures for businesses under the €251 million Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility

The European Investmend Fund (EIF) and the European Commission are launching new coronavirus support measures under the Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility (CCS GF) to enhance access to finance for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and Small Public Enterprises in the cultural and creative sectors.

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U.K. Cinema Association, ScreenSkills Launch Safety Training For Cinema Workers

The U.K. Cinema Association and skills agency ScreenSkills have launched a free COVID-19 e-learning module and assessment test for workers in the cinema exhibition sector.

The module explains safety measures that cinema staff can expect when returning to work post-pandemic, including providing basic awareness and understanding of the virus, key personal responsibilities for team members and safety measures on site. Those successfully completing the test will receive a certificate recognizing their understanding in this area.

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Canadian artists, writers, performers call for national basic income

A group of Canadian artists, writers, technicians and performers is calling on Ottawa to guarantee a basic income for anyone in need.

Novelist and screenwriter Emma Donoghue, poet George Elliott Clarke and opera singer Adrianne Pieczonka are listed among those supporting a call to “provide financial security to meet people’s basic needs, regardless of their work status.”

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The Literary Arts Emergency Fund: $3.5 million for literary organizations and publishers

The Academy of American Poets, Community of Literary Magazine and Presses (CLMP), and the National Book Foundation announced they established The Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which will provide $3.5 million to the literary arts, a field that, as the press release states, has been disastrously impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“This one-time emergency grant,” explained Elizabeth Alexander, poet and president of the Mellon Foundation, “provides critical support both for these vital storytellers and for the organizations that ensure their written work remains accessible to enrich and deepen our collective engagement with a diverse, inclusive American culture.”

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Exceptional aid to French bookstores

The purpose of the exceptional subsidy to French bookstores is to enable them to overcome the financial and economic difficulties they encounter, in particular in cash flow, due to the state of health emergency (declared by law n ° 2020-290 of March 23, 2020 to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic) by partially offsetting the fixed costs of this period, and to maintain a sufficient assortment of new books, in funds and novelties, to guarantee their level of activity and support that of publishing houses.

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The law to support artists is (finally) passed

The Chamber approved on the night of Thursday to Friday in plenary session the PS bill, co-signed by Ecolo-Groen, aimed at supporting workers in the cultural sector in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. This vote marks the end of a winding journey for this text.

All parties voted in favor of the text, with two exceptions: the N-VA voted against and the CD&V abstained. In the final count: 110 deputies voted for, 24 against and only 10 abstained.

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National Partnership for Culture

A new group formed to deliver Scotland’s culture strategy is to meet for the first time.

The National Partnership for Culture (NPC) is made up of 14 experts from across Scotland’s culture sector. The group will advise on challenges facing the culture sector from coronavirus (COVID-19) and will build on the recommendations recently set out to the First Minister by the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

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Ukrainian government allocates UAH 1 billion to support culture

The decision was made at a government meeting on Wednesday, July 8, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

“It has been made possible to allocate funds in the amount of UAH 1 billion that will be spent, first and foremost, on the provision of grants in the field of culture, arts, creative industries, tourism, institutional support for publishing, film projects and also for urgent needs – the purchase of personal protective equipment, payment for utility services for cultural institutions,” Ukrainian Culture and Information Policy Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said.

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150 million in support of the regions

The Swedish Arts Council has been commissioned by the government to distribute an extra SEK 150 million to the regions. The money will strengthen cultural activities throughout the country and be distributed via the cultural cooperation model.

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The government’s arts, culture and heritage rescue package

Today has been a big day for the cultural sector. For weeks now, we’ve been working with officials and ministers at DCMS and HM Treasury to help them come up with a package of relief. Today, we know the result of all that hard work: £1.57 billion of grants and loans for cultural, arts and heritage institutions across the UK.

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Boris Johnson pledges £1.5bn lifeline to keep UK’s arts sector afloat

Britain’s beleaguered arts and heritage sectors have been promised £1.57bn of help in a long-awaited rescue package described by the government as the biggest one-off investment in UK culture.

After weeks of desperate warnings that the UK was facing an irreversible cultural catastrophe without targeted support, ministers announced a package that it said would protect the future of the country’s museums, galleries, theatres and music venues.

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Toronto Tax Break To Help Music Venues

The covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the live music scenes of cities across Canada. As reported earlier in FYI, Toronto City Council has offered a major property tax break to owners of live music venues, a move that is being praised as a very welcome and important initiative.

On May 28, the Council passed a proposal that enables property owners to claim a 50 percent property tax break on sites that primarily operate as a live music venue, with the assumption that they’ll pass those savings on to their tenants. Read the press release in full here

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COVID-19: BFI Gives Emergency Funding to Independent Cinemas

The British Film Institute has made available emergency funding to help independent movie theaters survive the shutdown.

The BFI’s Film Audience Network (FAN) has allocated funding to independent exhibitors through the BFI FAN COVID-19 Resilience Fund; £1.3 million ($1.64 million) in National Lottery funding, and a £150,000 ($189,000) contribution from the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk Business Support Fund has been made available to provide grants to those in critical financial need.

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Creative England launches two post-lockdown support funds (exclusive)

UK screen industries support organisation Creative England has launched two funds to help businesses recover from the Covid-19 shutdown.

They are part of the Creative Enterprise programme, which was established two years ago and developed with National Lottery funding from the BFI.

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The Dutch government steps in to rescue the local film sector

On 27 May, Dutch Minister of Culture Ingrid van Engelshoven announced the details of an additional €300 million support package aimed at protecting the country’s cultural and creative industries. The aid package was presented in a letter addressed to the parliament and in a follow-up press release. As part of this support, the Netherlands Film Fund, the national film agency, can implement additional aid measures for the film sector, intended to mitigate the medium-term effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Critical Minded launched a COVID-19 relief fund for cultural critics from underrepresented communities.

Critical Minded—a grantmaking and learning initiative that was founded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation to build resources and visibility for cultural critics of color in the United States—has launched a COVID-19 relief fund to give financial support to arts critics impacted by the pandemic.

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Arts Council opens £500,000 emergency fund to help organisations affected by Covid-19

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has opened an emergency fund to help organisations affected by Covid-19.

The Organisations Emergency Programme (OEP), which is worth £500,000, offers organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £25,000 each.

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Germany Continues to Lead the Way in Culture Aid, Doling Out Another €1 Billion to the Sector and Lowering the Tax Rate on Art

Germany has released a new bailout package of €130 billion, including €1 billion set aside for the culture industry.

The funds, which will be made available this year and next year, will be widely distributed across cinemas, music clubs, memorials, museums, theaters, and festivals. €250 million will go to help cultural institutions reopen with new hygiene protocols, such as updated ventilation systems and new socially-distanced visitation arrangements. Some €30 million has been earmarked for galleries, cultural centers, and publishing. The package, called New Start, also decreases the tax rate on art by 3 percent.

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Despite closings, you can still experience Maine’s museums at home

ROCKLAND, Maine ― When the pandemic forced cultural institutions to close their doors in March, folks at the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art knew they still needed to provide Mainers with ways to immerse themselves in the arts.

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Arts and Culture: A Year in “Review”

This year, the Arts and Culture section chronicled Oberlin’s lively and unique creative scene, surveying what matters to Obies from a thriving fall semester to an unexpectedly remote spring. Aly Fogel, a College fourth-year and English major, began her tenure as an Arts & Culture Editor this past September and approached the position with specific goals.

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Bayerische Motoren Werke : BMW Art & Culture announces photographer Almudena Romero as the 10th jury-selected winner of the BMW Residency at GOBELINS School of Visual Arts in Paris

Almudena Romero will begin her residency in September under the guidance of artistic director, Francois Cheval. The BMW Residency will be organized to take account of the public health situation.

Almudena Romero was selected as the winner of the BMW Residency by a jury composed of Nathalie Berriat, Director of the GOBELINS School of Visual Arts; Herve Digne, Collector; Chantal Nedjib, Founder of l’image par l’image; Sam Stourdze, Director of Rencontres d’Arles; and Christoph Wiesner, Paris Photo Artistic Director.

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Commission approves €10 million Lithuanian scheme to support cultural and art institutions and organisations in the context of #Coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission approved a Lithuanian scheme, with an estimated budget of €10 million, to support of cultural and art institutions and organizations in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the state aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020 and 8 May 2020. The measure, which will take the form of direct grants, is intended to support the creation of new products and/or services by cultural and art institutions and organisations in the period between 19 March and 31 December 2020.

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Amid COVID-19, Touring Musicians Contemplate Future Performances

“This is Marc-André Hamelin, and I wanted to thank you for coming into my house for this recital.”

That’s how internationally-acclaimed concert pianist Marc-André Hamelin greeted online viewers to his solo recital broadcast from home last month. The event was presented by New York’s 92nd Street Y.

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There’s no business like show business – arts ingenuity in the wake of COVID-19

Edgar Degas said “art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” As I read through the list of grants announced last week from our Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, we are at war with a virus we cannot see. While many nonprofits are struggling, the arts sector faces a particularly brutal crisis with performances canceled, exhibits shuttered and event educational offerings eliminated. It’s a sector that takes its lifeblood from the gathering of people, so even as businesses are starting to reopen, arts organizations are facing months with no earned revenue and an uncertain future.

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How a Charlotte artist created a mural at home during COVID-19 to honor her family

When most of America began sheltering in place, a rumor circulated that Shakespeare had written “King Lear” while quarantined during the bubonic plague. Soon after, most of America felt guilty about using our isolation to watch cat videos and load up on carbs.

But Charlotte artist Emily Andress — a gallery ownerArtPop billboard artist in 2015 and 2020 and a 2015 Arts and Science Council CSA artist — actually has a masterpiece to show for her time in lockdown.

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COVID-19: The state of B.C. arts as creative as ever

On March 16, B.C. pulled the plug on gatherings of over 50 people in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The message to the arts and cultural world was pretty clear: Last one out, turn off the lights. We’ll let you know when they can go on again.

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New local arts project designed to share quarantine experiences

How have you been dealing with COVID-19? A pair of local artists are putting together a new arts exhibition to share experiences about the quarantine and pandemic – and The Reminder is involved.

Karen Clark and Noelle Drimmie have created Quarantine Gallery North, a new project in conjunction with the NorVA Centre to showcase art made during and about COVID-19. The two received a $1,000 grant from the Manitoba Arts Council for the project through a special stream for COVID-19-specific projects to fund the exhibition. Pieces from the exhibition will be featured in The Reminder, along with being printed out as posters and put up along Main Street and at the NorVA Centre and at Johnny’s Social Club.

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Cultural Practice: ICP launches new magazine

The Institute for Cultural Practices (ICP) at The University of Manchester’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures has recently launched its new magazine, Cultural Practice.

The new magazine features critical reflective pieces in arts management, arts practice, cultural policy, heritage studies and museology. It also shares news on research, teaching and cultural engagement work by staff and students at the Department of Art History and Cultural Practices.

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New local arts project designed to share quarantine experiences

How have you been dealing with COVID-19? A pair of local artists are putting together a new arts exhibition to share experiences about the quarantine and pandemic – and The Reminder is involved.

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Southbank Centre Details ‘Closure Risk’ Amid Pandemic

The London-based arts and culture organisation says it is at risk of closure until at least April 2021 if the government does not provide assistance.

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Philadelphia arts groups can apply for emergency grant funding from COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL

Although the future for many of the city’s local arts groups appears uncertain, the COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Fund may provide some financial relief through grants for organizations in Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector.

Mayor Jim Kenney proposed massive spending cuts in the recently unveiled 2021 budget plan for Philadelphia in order to remedy a $649 million-dollar city deficit caused by coronavirus.

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15 Washtenaw County nonprofits receive relief funding from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded emergency relief funding grants to 15 arts and culture nonprofits in Washtenaw County.

The organizations each received one-time grants varying from $2,000 to $3,000 to give relief from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are intended to support the salary of one or more employees, fees for artists or personnel and facility costs.

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How arts & culture is spreading hope during COVID-19

Despite the current struggle, we have seen a huge surge in innovative offerings from the creative sector – from museums setting up virtual tours while their doors are closed or National Theatre at Home showing performances online for free, to owners of 3D printers making PPE for NHS workers. We know our Arts Impact Fund and Cultural Impact Development Fund investees are no different, and we wanted to share a bit of what they’ve been up to during lockdown so far…

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British theatre ‘on brink of total collapse’, says top producer

British theatre is on the “brink of total collapse”, according to one of the industry’s most successful producers, who has called for an urgent government rescue package to prevent more than 1,000 theatres from permanently closing.

Sonia Friedman, the producer behind West End hits such as The Book of Mormon and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, made the prediction in anarticle for the Telegraph , in which she said the performing arts faces “the real possibility of complete obliteration” without substantial government support.

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Local muralist promoting positivity during COVID-19 through art in ByWard Market

As COVID-19 forces businesses to board up their windows and doors, muralist and illustrator Robbie Lariviere is using the Byward Market as his canvas to promote positivity and incorporate some visual allure during these otherwise uncertain times.

The Cornwall native is part of a group of local artists who have been spreading positive messages and good vibes through artwork strategically positioned on businesses that have been forced into temporary closure throughout the normally busy hub.

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 Virtual arts competition helped students channel their creativity during the COVID-19 school closures

The Riverside County Office of Education launched a
virtual student arts competition to help students channel their
creativity during the COVID-19 school closures. Students from TK–12 across Riverside County were allowed to participate. There were quite a few winners here in the Coachella Valley from Palm Springs Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District.

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FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts hosts virtual activities during COVID-19

Nearly 60,000 people visit Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) annually, but the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily closed one of the largest academic art museums in the Big Bend.

That’s prompted MoFA staff to reschedule exhibitions and programs and developremote internships and educational opportunities for studentsas well as generate new activities that would attract visitors to make virtual trips to the museum through a new “MoFA at Home” initiative.

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How Boston Art Museums Are Planning Their COVID-19-Safe Reopenings

With their museums shuttered now for months, directors in and around Boston are wrestling daily with how to remodel the ways visitors will interact at and with their inherently social, formerly crowded homes for communal art appreciation.

“How do you physically separate but socially engage?” Museum of Fine Arts director Matthew Teitelbaum asked. “I think that’s a pretty useful way to think about the challenge for museums.”

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Student Art in the Time of COVID-19

When Seton Hall switched to online learning in response to increasing quarantines related to the COVID-19 outbreak, faculty and students were torn from their classrooms and all but imprisoned in their homes. As family members became sick or lost their jobs, the pressure for students to succeed in an uncertain future and new learning environment was often crushing. Concerned about the mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of its students, the English department facultyquickly reached out to ask, “Are you okay?”


 

Musicians call for industry shake-up to protect artists during lockdown

Two organisations that represent thousands of British musicians and songwriters will today launch a Keep Music Alive campaign calling for urgent changes to the music industry to protect artists at risk of ruin as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The campaign calls for solutions to the problems that the lockdown has inflicted on musicians. The suspension of live music under lockdown has cut off most artists’ one dependable source of income: gigs. And payments from streaming services such as Spotify are so negligible that they cannot hope to fill the massive hole in artists’ incomes.

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Louis Armstrong foundation launches $1M COVID-19 fund for jazz musicians

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation has launched a $1 million relief fund to aid freelance jazz musicians in New York City who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, The Louis Armstrong Emergency Fund for Jazz Musicians, announced by the organization’s board of directors last week, will award each recipient a one-time grant of $1,000.

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Male experts dominate UK news shows during coronavirus crisis

Almost three times as many male as female experts featured on the UK’s flagship TV and radio news programmes in March as the media focused on the political handling of the coronavirus outbreak across Britain.

Research focused on the makeup of experts appearing on the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC News At Ten, ITV News at Ten, Kay Burley’s breakfast show on Sky News, Channel 4 News and Channel 5 News found an imbalance of 2.7 men for every female expert.

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Arts Nonprofits establish Covid-19 Relief Fund for Los Angels artists

The California Community Foundation (CCF), the J. Paul Getty Trust, and a coalition of local artist-endowed foundations—including the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and the Shepard and Amanda Fairey Foundation—have launched a new relief fund to help Los Angeles–based visual artists who are struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Connecticut’s Arts & Culture Industry Guidelines for Operating During COVID-19

This COVID-19 Operating Guidelines document (the “Plan”) is intended to provide information to those in the arts and culture sector and other interested parties and to assist in reopening according to the guidelines provided by the State of Connecticut. However, this Plan is not intended and is not designed to serve as an industry best practice and should not in any manner be considered a best practice for the arts and culture sector.

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A Virtual Music and Arts Festival for COVID-19 Relief in New Mexico

SANTA FE, NM — For those of you who like the idea of a music and art festival but don’t like crowds or being hot or wearing flower crowns, I’m with you, and I have good news: on Friday, May 8 at 8pm (Mountain Time), you can tune in to a digital arts festival showcasing some of New Mexico’s best creative talent, without even leaving your couch.

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“Bailing Out the Titanic” — French Arts Struggle Amid Coronavirus

PARIS – Dancer and choreographer Nicolas Maloufi has not worked since France went into lockdown in mid-March, and his daily yoga sessions in a borrowed Paris apartment are his only form of training.

Although France will begin easing its unprecedented curbs on public life from Monday, with shops re-opening and some pupils returning to primary school, the doors to the country’s cinemas, theaters and concert halls will remain closed.

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Coronavirus: Amsterdam art centre uses greenhouses to offer outdoor eating amid COVID-19 pandemic

It’s a dilemma that restauranters have been scratching their heads about: how to re-open to diners and stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

One venue in Amsterdam thinks it might have found a solution.

Mediamatic Biotoop, an art centre in the Dutch city, is putting outdoor diners in tiny greenhouses in bid to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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Macron announces extra aid for French arts sector battered by Covid-19 crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron said he was looking into more financial aid for the country’s arts and culture sectors that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Macron said he also wanted to “defend European creativity” in the face of competition from areas such as the US and China.

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Drive-In Concerts Are Now a Thing in Denmark

The coronavirus pandemic swiftly put an end to concerts for the foreseeable future, with every level of touring halted until COVID-19 is under control. Experts are predicting large-scale gatherings won’t be safe until “fall 2021 at the earliest” — but apparently Denmark can’t wait that long. Last week, the city of Aarhus held a drive-in concert where audience members could watch live music from the comfort of their cars.

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Poland Gives 870 m EUR to Support Culture During COVID-19 Crisis

“Culture on the Web” is a programme designed to aid the dissemination of creative activities or the presentation of their effects in electronic communication channels, primarily on the Internet. The programme’s budget is 20 m PLN / 4.3 m EUR. The launching of the programme was made possible through the Act from 31 March 2020 regarding solutions to the crisis. The programme is part of the Anti-Crisis Shield for culture with a planned budget of 869.6 million EUR / 4 billion PLN. This is the first of the grant programmes announced by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage professor Piotr Gliński

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Coronavirus: Germany Is To Follow Italy in Potential Bookstore Openings

‘Discipline Is Still Very Important’: While some in the world publishing industry want to classify this as “happy news,” many in public health and other sectors are watching with respectful concern, perhaps alarm, as Germany announces that it will follow Italy in in easing pandemic restrictions on certain retail settings

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Trump claims he will temporarily suspend immigration into US due to coronavirus fears

Trump administration officials on Tuesday morning scrambled to finalize an executive order after President Donald Trump said in a late-night tweet he would temporarily suspend immigration to the United States as the nation battles the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Survey Shows Audiences’ Reluctance to Return to the Theatre

Bethesda, MD: Shugoll Research, a national marketing research firm, has released the results from an online survey of 2,762 Washington, D.C.-area theatregoers about their willingness to return to theatres in the aftermath of the current coronavirus pandemic. Despite the regional specificity of the survey, the findings may be significant for the U.S. theatre field in general.

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BERLIN 〓 Merkel administration has announced that concerts and other events will be banned until the end of August

German Chancellor Merkel announced on April 15 a timetable for after the infection with the new coronavirus.

According to it, reopening of schools and small stores will be permitted from May 4, while events such as concerts will be prohibited until the end of August.

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Coronavirus: Healthcare expert predicts concerts and festivals will not return until autumn 2021

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, festivals and concerts will likely not return until autumn next year, an American healthcare expert has predicted.

In a recent roundtable discussion, hosted and transcribed by the New York Times, bioethicist and professor of healthcare management Zeke Emanuel says he has “no idea” how promoters that are rescheduling arts and music events for later this year “think that’s a plausible possibility”.

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Who profits from the pandemic?

You don’t need to read Michel Foucault’s work on biopolitics to understand that neoliberalism – in deep crisis since at least 2008 – is a control/governing technique in which surveillance capitalism is deeply embedded.  But now, with the world-system collapsing at breathtaking speed, neoliberalism is at a loss to deal with the next stage of dystopia, ever present in our hyper-connected angst: global mass unemployment.

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Festival of Nothing 2020: the non-existent art shows helping the Czech culture scene in quarantine

Prague has announced a “festival of nothing” to help independent art workers, as clubs, theatres, and galleries, shut their doors amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

NIC2020 (or Nothing 2020) will let art lovers buy tickets to non-existent events at venues across the country, with proceeds set to pay the wages of artists, sound engineers, stagehands and other workers across the arts sector. Prices range from 5,000 Czech krona (or £162) for VIP seats to 20 krona (or 65 pence) for balcony seats.

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Theater Owners Create $2.4 Million Fund for Cinema Workers

The National Association of Theatre Owners and the Pioneers Assistance Fund have created an initial $2.4 million fund to provide financial assistance to movie theater employees who need help due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Spain’s €15m aid to private TV

The recent UTECA’s demand for financial aid to mitigate the drastic TV ad fall in Spain has been met by the Administration approving a €15 million lifeline to help them.

The government argues that “this exceptional aid” is aimed at compensating TV channels (with a national coverage) in view of “the need to guarantee this essential service in the current crisis”.

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Coronavirus: Film and TV industry to get maximum government aid

The Malta Producers’ Association has welcomed the inclusion of the film and TV production industry in measures for critically hit industries.

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Warhol Foundation offers $1.6m in emergency relief grants to artists affected by the coronavirus crisis

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is offering $1.6m in emergency grants to individual artists affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. With the help of its Regional Re-granting Program partners, grants of $100,000 will be allocated to artists in 16 US cities that can be used to help cover basic expenses such as food, rent, medical costs and childcare.

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Corona Crisis Calls for a Culture of Solidarity

The Coronavirus has affected much of the world and will do so for some time to come. Europe is under increasing pressure as we speak. Governments, local authorities and the EU are taking drastic measures to limit the spread of the virus and its deadly implications. In the current absence of a medical cure, we support these drastic temporary measures of limiting human contact even if these are counter to our mission and activities which build so much on people-to-people connections and cultural interaction all across Europe. We have cancelled all our travelling and events for the upcoming six weeks, and our staff works from home.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 : Communiqué from the Institut français

In the context of the current sanitary crisis, the Institut français has closed the doors of its Paris location since March 16th, in order to protect the health of its employees. From now on, all the members of staff are working remotely to best fulfil its public service missions, to support and accompany all of its partners, especially the French cultural network abroad.

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Diversity and our Emergency Response

Little less than three weeks ago we were sharing plans with our National Council outlining our vision for developing a more inclusive sector as part of our work on Let’s Create.

Now our world has been turned upside down by Covid-19. As I write this blog, I’m home-schooling my daughters in between video calls to artists, Arts Council colleagues, government departments and my parents who I am currently unable to visit.

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State of the Arts: A COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Cultural Sector

Give priority to the fragile statutes of cultural freelancers:On Friday 13 March, the Belgian government announced a number of drastic measures to curb the further spread of the Coronavirus. An important part of social life was shut down. In addition to retirement homes, schools, universities, shops and cafes, the cultural houses were also asked to close their doors: museums, concert halls, clubs, cinemas, cultural centres, fairs and festivals … But also rehearsals, film recordings and residencies were cancelled and production processes were shut down.

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‘There Will Be Enough for Everyone’: Berlin Distributes €500 Million to Artists and Freelancers Within Four Days of Launching Its Grant Program

Imagine you are a small businessperson or freelancer suffering a deep financial loss as a result of your city’s lockdown. You apply for a grant from the government on a Friday, submitting nothing more than your mailing address, a tax number, banking details, and a legal form with your company’s name. On Tuesday, you wake up to find €5,000 has been wired into your account.

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National Endowment for the Arts to Distribute $75 million in Relief Aid to Arts Organizations in Need

Washington, DC—In recognition of the arts’ $877 billion contribution to the U.S. economy and a source of 5.1 million American jobs, the National Endowment for the Arts will distribute $75 million in funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Arts Endowment will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities survive the forced closure of their operations in response to the spread of COVID-19.

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Wallace Roney, Intrepid Jazz Trumpeter, Dies From COVID-19 Complications At 59

Wallace Roney, a trumpeter and composer who embodied the pugnacious, harmonically restive side of post-bop throughout an illustrious four-decade career, died this morning at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. He was 59.

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Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist Proposes Massive Public Art Project in Response to Coronavirus

As many around the world band together to launch coronavirus relief funds, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has revealed his own idea to help foster art-making in the time of a pandemic: a vast public arts project on the scale of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Great Depression–era work-relief programs. In detailing his plans to the Guardian on Monday, Obrist cited cornerstone of Roosevelt’s New Deal—the Public Works of Art Project and its successor, the Works Progress Administration, which employed more than 8 million Americans and is partly credited with launching the careers of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko—as one of his key inspirations.

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The Cannes Film Festival explains its position

As regards their decision not to simply cancel the festival’s 2020 edition, the Cannes team argues that ’”a postponement might, we repeat might be possible”, bearing in mind that “no-one knows what will happen in the near future”. “It’s not a matter of standing firm, but of analysing the situation with clarity and responsibility”. “We are working towards a deferred event, if at all possible. And if it is not possible, we will accept that”, the text states.

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Leading arts figures demand clarity over compensation for coronavirus closures

Leading UK arts figures have called for greater clarity from the government regarding compensation as the coronavirus causes theatres and museums around the country to shut down and Tate closes its doors for the first time in 120 years.

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Germany Has Rolled Out a Staggering €50 Billion Aid Package for Artists and Cultural Businesses, Putting Other Countries to Shame

The German federal government is stepping in with a sweeping aid package for the country’s creative and cultural sectors. According to a press release shared by the ministry of culture and reports in the German press, a staggering €50 billion ($54 billion) in backing will be provided.

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Arts Council of Wales: Responding to Coronavirus (Covid-19)

In these difficult and unprecedented times, the Arts Council of Wales recognises and empathises with the serious personal and professional impacts for artists, practitioners and organisations arising from Covid-19.

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Coronavirus: PM’s advice to avoid theatres is ‘crippling blow’ to creative industry

Boris Johnson’s message to stay away from theatres has been criticised as a “crippling blow” to the creative industry because the measures were advisory rather than an outright ban. By not enforcing a shutdown, producers say they will not be able to claim insurance and shows will go bankrupt.

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Coronavirus/COVID-19: Night Out

The Coronavirus outbreak has put everyone in an extremely difficult situation.  At the present time, the UK Government has advised people to avoid gatherings and crowded places such as pubs, clubs and theatres.  This has obvious consequences for Night Out.

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Chancellor Offers Financial Support to Music Venues

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has acknowledged that grassroots music venues across the UK are facing unprecedented challenges to remain in business, as they fight to continue promoting live music in the long-term.

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ACE, Creative Scotland and ACW Publish Advice in Response to the Coronavirus

Three major funding bodies for England, Scotland and Wales have published advice for creative businesses and individuals which members may find useful.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

I can fully appreciate the increasing anxiety and uncertainty the spread of Covid-19 creates for all of us, as individuals, for our families and friends, as well as in relation to the work we do.

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Coronavirus: France President Macron suspends rent, taxes and utilities

French President Emmanuel Macron has put his country into full lockdown, declaring ‘we are at war with the coronavirus.’ He also announced a suspension of rent, taxes and household bills. The minute details of the lock-down outlined tight controls over residents’ civil liberties unprecedented in peacetime.

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Coronavirus: PM’s advice to avoid theatres is ‘crippling blow’ to creative industry

Boris Johnson’s message to stay away from theatres has been criticised as a “crippling blow” to the creative industry because the measures were advisory rather than an outright ban. By not enforcing a shutdown, producers say they will not be able to claim insurance and shows will go bankrupt.

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Berlin’s Senate Is Rolling Out Up to $320 Million in Emergency Grants for Freelance Cultural Workers and Artists

Berlin’s government is mobilizing to soften the blow of the global health crisis on small cultural businesses, its freelancers, and the city’s artists. The Berlin Senate announced today that it would soon be offering €100 million ($107 million) in €5,000 ($5,366) grants to freelance workers and small businesses in the cultural sector. In addition, the senate is offering another €300 million ($322 million) in loans for the retail, hotel, restaurant, and cultural industries.

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German Film Board Outlines Coronavirus Industry Aid Package

The German Federal Film Board, the FFA, has outlined a package of measures aimed at helping members of the industry suffering a financial hit due to the coronavirus crisis.

Calling the impact of the pandemic an “unprecedented threat” to the German film industry, FFA President Bernd Neumann called on the German federal government and states to work together to “find and implement solutions quickly and as un-bureaucratically as possible.”

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Polish Film Institute Launches Plan for Film Industry in Crisis

WARSAW: The 16-person crisis team formed by the Polish Film Institute (PISF) issued its first decisions after the first meeting on 20 March 2020. Their aim is to support the film industry and its members through measures ranging from changes to the grants procedure, to a special fund providing assistance for those in need.

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Coronavirus: Arts Council England launches £160m emergency package

Theatres, galleries, museums and artists in England who have been hit by the impact of coronavirus will have access to a £160m emergency fund.

Arts Council England has announced the cash injection to help artists, venues and freelancers in the cultural sector.

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BBC Donates $856,000 to Film and TV Charity With Funds From Commercial Arm BBC Studios

The BBC will donate £700,000 ($856,000) to the U.K.’s Film and TV Charity in support of coronavirus relief. The donation is aimed at those out of work because of halted production caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with an emphasis on freelance workers.

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BFI, Film and TV Charity Set Up Coronavirus Relief Fund for U.K. Creatives With Donation From Netflix

The COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund will offer short-term relief for the many freelancers working in the creative sector who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Philanthropists Have Launched a $75 Million Fund for Nonprofit Arts Organizations Put Under Strain by the Coronavirus

A network of philanthropists has come together to form a new $75 million fund for New York City arts and social-service organizations impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Overseen by the New York Community Trust, the NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund will provide grants and interest-free loans to small and mid-size nonprofits that have faced losses in the pandemic. Organizations can use the money for a variety of needs, including to purchase health supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer; technologies to allow employees work remotely; or to offset the loss of revenue from canceled programs and events.

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Producers Guild of America Creates Relief Fund for Members

Responding to the coronavirus pandemic, the Producers Guild ​of America has created the Producers Guild of America Members Relief Fund with a lead gift of $100,000 from former PGA president Mark Gordon.

The trade group, which has more than 8,000 members, announced the fund Tuesday. It’s being administered by The Actors Fund. PGA members who are in need of emergency financial relief due to the coronavirus crisis can apply for aid at The Actors Fund’s website.

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EBU praises Public Service Media’s crisis role

As the Covid-19 outbreak has escalated throughout Europe, public service media organisations (PSM) have not only kept audiences informed, educated and entertained, they have offered vital support as this unprecedented crisis deepens.

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