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Germany unlocks 1 billion euros to help the culture in the face of the pandemic

Heavily affected by the pandemic coronavirus, the crop should benefit from an aid of one billion euros, announced the German government on 3 June. This financial measure is part of a stimulus plan of 130 billion euros, is designed to counter what the chancellor Angela Merkel described as "the worst economic crisis in the history of the federal Republic of Germany".

We want to save our unique cultural landscape and give the artist a perspective

Monika Grütters, German minister of Culture and Media

These funds for arts and culture, which represent half of the annual federal budget (2 billion euros in 2020), will be released this year and in 2021 in the framework of the program "New start for the culture". "We want to save our unique cultural landscape and give the artist a perspective," said Monika Grütters, German minister of Culture and Media, in a press release.

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The program consists of four major components. According to The Art Newspaper , € 250 million should enable the institutions and cultural enterprises mainly funded by the private sector to reopen with health measures, such as proper ventilation systems and online ticket offices. Are affected by this helps the salons of art and literature, night clubs, theatres and cinemas.

150 million euros for the digital

The largest part of the funding, € 450 million, will be dedicated to projects and initiatives on a private basis, in particular in the areas of live music, the theatre and the cinema. The goal is to allow employees on partial unemployment to return to work and generate new commissions for self-employed workers. On these 450 million, 30 million will be paid to art galleries and publishing houses.

This crisis had a positive aspect

Monika Grütters, German minister of Culture and Media

150 million additional euros have been allocated to digital projects, including those devised by the museums during the health crisis. "This crisis has had one positive aspect," said Monika Grütters. "Many institutions and artists have managed to find offers digital alternatives to reach their audience. We want to continue on this momentum and to reinforce it".

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The VAT should also be aware of a slight decline, and will rise from 19% to 16%. This reduction was requested since long by the galleries of art Finally, the loss of income related to the coronavirus should be compensated thanks to an aid of 100 million euros, granted to institutions funded by the government.

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