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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.

#DeineTicketsFürKultur (YourTicketsForCulture)
Under the motto »Your Tickets for Culture«, you can opt not to return your tickets purchased through München Ticket to support the organiser with your payment even though the event was cancelled. You can find detailed information at www.muenchenticket.de/tickets/deine_tickets_fuer_kultur.

Support Munich’s Independent Dance and Theatre Professionals!
As part of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, there are currently no performances taking place anywhere in Germany. Especially freelance artists are faced with enormous financial losses due to these event cancellations. With its Monday concerts, the Bavarian State Opera is appealing for financial support of independent artists – to which the Gasteig has responded with its contribution to the Good Friday »Passions-Bilder« broadcast from the Philharmonic. The fundraising initiative is organised by Theater HochX together with Netzwerk freie Szene München and Verband freie Kinder- und Jugentheater. For detailed information about the initiative, visit theater-hochx.de/donation call.html. By the way: You can still find the »Passions-Bilder« broadcast on this page!

Emergency Relief Fund for Students of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich
Due to the Corona pandemic, and in particular the cancellation of concerts and public events, numerous students of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (HMTM) are facing an existential crisis. Many of the students finance their studies and livelihood with concerts, performances and through teaching – a vital source of income that is now no longer available to them. For detailed information about the emergency fund, visit the website of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

»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).

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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