Latin America and The Caribbean: News Update

Ministries of Labor and Cultures launch 3,000 free training scholarships for performing arts, music, design and audiovisual

A total of 3,000 free scholarships for training courses specially designed for those who work in the performing arts, music, design and audiovisual, were launched this morning by the Minister of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, Consuelo Valdés, and the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare , represented by the Undersecretary of Labor Fernando Arab, together with the national director of the National Training and Employment Service (SENCE), Juan Manuel Santa Cruz.

These scholarships allow access to 69 top-level courses – taught through the leading virtual learning platform Coursera, which brings together more than 200 of the most prestigious universities in the world – and ranges from teaching new business models; social skills to promote them, from finance, initiation and project planning, to specific ones on music, theater, design, animation and even the video game market. These courses will be taught by prestigious study centers of the UNAM of Mexico, U. of California, U. Autónoma of Barcelona, ​​the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the U. of Munich and the U. of London, among others.

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Brazil does not give up: Culture and Creativity, Solidarity and Lives

Paraphrasing Jorge Amado, a famous Brazilian literary writer of the twentieth century, in his popular novel ‘The country of carnival’: “… Sometimes we understand that something is missing in our lives. What is missing? We don’t know.”

Today, what we do know is that the C-19 event has destabilized the world in a multi-dimensional way. Everything is upside-down. In every corner, we have experienced a shift in human behaviour and daily attitudes.

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Paraguay postpones until 2021 the application of taxes to digital services

The Paraguayan government decided to postpone for six months the payment of VAT and income tax (IRN) that applies to people or entities domiciled outside the country that provide digital services in the country. Its entry into force was scheduled from July 1, 2020.

The Vice Minister of Taxation Paraguay, Oscar Orué said , according to Telesemana, that the measure seeks to support the economy due to the emergency of COVID-19 and will allow maintaining the rates of services that providers usually transfer to the final price paid by users.

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Face mask projected onto Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue

The massive Christ the Redeemer statue that has overlooked Rio de Janeiro for almost 90 years sported a new look this weekend.

A face mask was projected onto the statue to promote self care amid the coronavirus pandemic and as a tribute to healthcare workers

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Considered one of the most important sources of income for the Brazilian music industry, and especially for singers and composers, the collection of public performance royalties is seriously affected by the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. According to ECAD, (Central Collection and Distribution Office), the sector may lose R$140 million (US$26.6m) over the next few months.

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Contingency measures promoted by the SNC for the Cultural Sector due to COVID-19

The National Secretariat of Culture (SNC), as the governing body of the State’s cultural policies, has developed a series of contingency measures to guarantee the rights of persons and institutions engaged in cultural activities, in order to mitigate the social and economic effects of the state of health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19

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Arts, Culture – Trying to Keep the Lights on amid Covid-19

Mar 24 2020 – With the spread of the Covid-19 disease, the arts and culture sectors have seen a flood of cancellations and postponements, affecting artists around the world and putting the global 2,000-billion-dollar creative industry at risk.

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