COVID-19: Reactions, initiatives and measures

The Coronavirus is spreading world-wide and the crisis is severely affecting public, cultural and social life. The music sector has already been hit heavily and will continue to be massively affected by the measures taken to prevent any further spread of the virus.

Many from the music and cultural sector have reacted to this crisis: with urgent calls to policy makers, new ways to provide access to cultural content or ideas to help those that are struggling the most in the current situation. The EU and many governments on national, regional and local level have announced measures to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus and the measures to contain it.

The list below gives you an overview of reactions, measures and initiatives from policy makers and the cultural sector. It is an non-exhaustive list and will be updated regurlarly.


Measures from governments and the EU

EU cultural ministers & European Commission

The European Union has suggested a number of instruments to overcome the COVID-19 crisis.

European Union
The Corona Response Investment Initiative was proposed by the European Commission and approved by the European Parliament. The Council (Member States) has to formally approve the measure.

European Parliament
Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the Culture and Education Commitee, calls for financial support of the European cultural and creative sector

Creative Europe

COVID-19 is regarded as force majeure

Live sector
Overview of measures announced by the EU and national governments with a focus on the live music sector by EMC member Live DMA

Actions in Germany
The German Council of Culture has put together a list of government measures, both by federal government and the federal states

Wallonia-Brussels Federation
Overview of measures implemented by the Wallonia-Brussels federation and its adjoining countries by Wallonie-Bruxelles Musique


Analysis of Surveys

Watch our EMC Online Lounge about surveys and its analysis

Survey for German based cultural workers

Sound Diplomacy is currently collecting answers (until 14.12.2020)

European Policy Brief

After a survey this 14 pages long work was created by DISCE and explains how and why the crisis has affected the creative sector along with well-thought solutions and recommendations suited for everyone who is engaged in the sphere.


This report by ECBNetworks focuses on how the lockdown measures impact the different CCIs sub-sectors in Germany and provides a comparative perspective on international lockdown measures and examines the different national approaches. The report is also available in German.

Report - Impact on Festivals

The European Festivals Association has conducted a survey during the first lock down in 2020. Read the report to learn about the specific needs of the festival sector.

Report - Impact on Choirs

The European Choral Association - Europa Cantat has made its gathered data public.



Statements and information from the sector

Currently the cultural sector is calling the European Union (EU) and EU member states to protect culture as part of the coronavirus recovery plans and dedicate at the very least 2% of national Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) budget to culture and creative sectors.

See our last statements in regard to the COVID-19 crisis

European Music Council

Watch our EMC Online Lounge about surveys and its analysis


Joint statement by FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and Pearle*

International Music Council Resource Centre



Creative Scotland

Culture Action Europe

Estonian Music Council

European Choral Association

European Composers Alliance

European Festivals Association

Creatives Unite

Deutscher Kulturrat

Eesti Musikanoukogu




Collaborative map to track policy measures


Indies Austria

International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres

Live DMA

Live DMA
Overview how music venues in different European countries approach re-opening of venues and clubs.


Music Venue Trust

On the Move / Circostrada


Plate-Forme Interrégionale


Swiss Music Council

Trans Europe Halles


Educational resources