Europe and North America: News Updates

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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