“Artists are not only indispensable, but also vital, especially now,” says the country’s culture minister Monika Grütters.
The German federal government has announced that due to the emergency Covid 19 an aid package of €50 billion will be provided specifically to small businesses and freelancers, including those from the cultural, creative, and media sectors.“We know the hardships, we know the desperation,” said culture minister in a statement. “The cultural sector in particular is characterized by a high proportion of self-employed people who now have problems with their livelihoods.” The aid package funding will come in the form of grants designed to help with monthly costs like venue rentals and artist studios. In addition to arts-related individuals and organizations, the funding will support media enterprises, including newspapers. In addition to the stimulus money, the new initiative states that social security (including unemployment insurance) will be made available to freelancers—including artists—for a period of six months and expenses for housing will be recognized to ensure that “everyone can stay in their own home.” To this end, the government is injecting another €10 billion of support. “Our democratic society needs its unique and diverse cultural and media landscape in this historical situation, which was unimaginable until recently,” said Grütters. “The creative courage of creative people can help to overcome the crisis. We should seize every opportunity to create good things for the future. That is why the following applies: artists are not only indispensable, but also vital, especially now.”
Read the full article on Artnet