Government (public) support
The $55 million arts and culture package will also defray the cost of rent, wages and training.
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant the closure and cancellation of every arts event in the country. Not least among the challenges is the extreme uncertainty that we are dealing with.
In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is launching a call for projects for new formats that enable art production and reception to continue despite restrictions on mobility and gatherings. With its call for projects named «Close Distance», Pro Helvetia is inviting cultural practitioners and institutions to use the current lockdown as an opportunity to develop new formats that do not require mobility.
The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced our mobility within a very short time, in some cases down to zero. Cultural life in public has ground to a halt. This unprecedented situation is posing great problems for the arts and cultural scene and requires innovative solutions.
The Ministry of Culture gives Danish cultural institutions the opportunity to have their state operating grants paid out earlier than planned. The payments will strengthen the liquidity of the cultural institutions that are currently extraordinarily financially challenged by the corona crisis.
Festivals and other organizers in Norway now face a very difficult task. The government's compensation scheme for the cultural sector covers events through April, but now we need schemes that also include festivals throughout the summer, says Hagen.