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 a non-exhaustive list and will be updated regurlarly.
Live DMA, European non-governmental network and member of the EMC, working to support and promote the conditions of the live music sector and PEARLE, the European network for music, performing arts and live performance organisations, have gathered measures and re-opening strategies per European country on a map for the live sector.
The Compendium Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe provides a comprehensive collection of information how the cultural sector has been affected by COVID-19 with country reports, overviews of financial measures, reopening measures and further resources.
The European Union has suggested a number of instruments to overcome the COVID-19 crisis. These include emergency measure adopted in spring 2020, a recovery package for 2021-2022 and the regular EU budget. Most of these funds will be distributed on national level.
With an overwhelming majority, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the "Cultural Recovery of Europe". Although this resolution is non-binding, it highlights the challenges of the cultural and creative sector due to COVID-19 and makes specific proposals how the proposed recovery funds can be used to support the recovery of the cultural and creative sector.
European Commission states that impacts by COVID-19 can be regarded as force majeure thereby allowing beneficiaries more flexibility in implementing their projects.
In May 2020, the Cultural Relations Platform launched a study to analyse and assess the impact of the global pandemic on the cultural and creative sectors (CCS) in partner countries – the Neighbourhood (South and East), the Western Balkans, and the Strategic partners – and on their capacity and willingness to conduct international relations.
The study "Rebuilding Europe: The cultural and creative economy before and after the COVID-19 crisis" quantifies the losses of the cultural and creative industries because the COVID-19 pandemic. It is divided into three sections: Before COVID-19; Because of COVID-19; After COVID-19.
Joining together with other cultural and music networks, the EMC has published a number of statements and letters on the effects of COVID-19 on the sector and on necessary support measures especially those on EU level including the recovery instrument "Next Generation EU" and its implementation on national level.
This report illustrates the advocacy work done by the European live music sector and supported by European policy-makers (MEPs, CCFG). It gives concrete insights on the short and long-term impacts of the restrictions on live music events due to the COVID-19 crisis. It was produced by Live DMA.
The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) provides and overview of frameworks, initiatives, funding opportunities and examples of good practice.
As the cultural sector was hit in general, the EMC would also like to feature a report by the Network of European Museum Organisation. The report is based on a survey that followed up on the main topics that emerged in a first report: consequences of losses, digital offers and organisational adaptation.
Grands Formats questioned the network’s large ensembles of jazz and improvised music (Think Big!) about the consequences of the Covid-19 on their activities. These data were collected as part of a survey in the summer 2020 and an update was carried out at the beginning of December 2020 in order to have more recent data on key elements.