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 Croatian Presidency organised an online meeting of the EU cultural ministers. In the follow-up press conference, Commissioner Gabriel gave an overview of the COVID-19 measures on EU level, including Creative Europe.

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

Overview of EU governments doing to mitigate the losses

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

The Art Newspaper
Information about grants and loans in the UK, US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy

Overview of measures implemented by governments in several European countries to slow the spread of the Coronavirus put together by Wallonie-Bruxelles Musique

Statements and information from the sector

European Music Council

Joint letter Creative Europe
This joint letter drafted by CAE, EMC and other European networks highlights how organisations and projects funded by Creative Europe are effected and proposes measures to mitigate the effects.

Joint letter from the music sector

This joint letter by 40 music organisations calls for EU and national investment to address the current COVID-19 crisis and promote diversity.

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

Deutscher Musikrat

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