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19.03.2020

Event Cancellations: Support Artists in the Time of Crisis

Event Cancellations: Support Artists in the Time of Crisis

The spread of the coronavirus and the resulting restrictions in everyday life have far-reaching social, economic and health consequences for all of us. The ban on events brings many in the arts and cultural sector into existential hardship. Here, you can find out how you can help.

»Keep Your Ticket« Campaign
Those who organise or perform at small concerts are particularly affected by the cancellations that will last until at least 19 April. The »Aktion Ticket behalten« (Keep Your Ticket campaign), which was initiated by cultural professionals from the fields of folk, world music, acoustic music and singer-songwriters, appeals to audiences to »keep the tickets that you have purchased in advance as a donation to the artists«. You can find detailed information about this initiative at ticketbehalten.de (in German language).

Petition for Freelancers and Creative People
A petition addressed to the German Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz, which has already been signed by more than 275,000 supporters, demands financial aid for freelancers and people from the creative sector. Bridging payments, relief funds and short-time working allowances, for example, would help secure the livelihood of the many self-employed people. Although singers, instrumentalists, event and stage technicians, photographers, film artists, and freelance writers and journalists are specifically mentioned, the petition is aimed at all freelancers in the cultural sector.
On the openpetition.com platform, the background and aims of the petition are explained in detail.

Appeal for Donations From the German Orchestra Foundation
The Deutsche Orchesterstiftung (German Orchestra Foundation) is also calling for solidarity at a time in which almost all orchestras, choirs, opera and concert halls, music festivals, and public and private event organisers in Germany and throughout Europe are on hold. The foundation asks for donations for its emergency aid fund, which will benefit the affected freelance musicians.
You can read more about the appeal for donations on the website of the German Orchestra Foundation (in German).

Photo: Simon Meissner/Gasteig München GmbH

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