Investing in Europe’s next generation by investing in culture

As the EU has started discussing the proposed recovery plan, 94 organisations from across Europe’s cultural and creative sectors are uniting their voices to alert EU leaders : our sector needs strong and systemic support measures to recover from this crisis.

As it is now well understood, the cultural and creative world is one of the first and hardest hit by the crisis.

According to the Commission’s own estimates, some parts of our sector – which accounts for €509bn in value added to GDP and over 12 million full-time jobs – are expected to lose up to 80% of their turnover in the 2nd quarter of 2020.

We have a higher than average percentage of self-employed workers, freelancers, micro-businesses and youth employment, which makes us particularly vulnerable in times of crisis.

As the European economy is slowly restarting, it is far from business as usual. Cultural actors are gradually resuming their activities, but all have to implement strict safety rules which means they won’t be operating at full capacity for the foreseeable future and are therefore facing challenging economic decisions. From individual creators and creative workers all the way to big production and media companies, the whole value chain is impacted.

And yet the recovery package announced by the Commission on 27 May does not reflect the reality of the cultural and creative sector, despite the encouraging messages by the Commission and the strong position taken by the European Parliament. The proposal on the table falls way short of our sector’s expectations:

Despite being identified as one of 14 of the hardest hit ecosystems, there is neither a sector specific instrument for culture, nor a clear indication on whether or how we can benefit from different instruments. The section on REACT-EU in the Commission’s Communication refers to culture, but there is no guarantee that we will receive appropriate support.

As for Creative Europe, the EU’s only programme specifically dedicated to the cultural and creative sector, the Commission’s announcement is a missed opportunity and a real disappointment. Along with the budget dedicated to education and youth, the budget dedicated to culture is the only one to decrease compared to the Commission’s own 2018 proposal, and it is a far cry from the European parliament’ .. Quite ironic for a recovery plan named “Next Generation EU”.

To bring the EU’s support for our sector to a level that is commensurate with its contribution to the EU’s economy and its citizens’ wellbeing, we call on Member States and the European Parliament:

• To push for a substantial increase of the Creative Europe budget. We fully support the European Parliament’s proposal for a budget of €2.8bn.

• To guarantee that the entire sector can benefit appropriately from the recovery plan’s various instruments.

Let’s invest in culture to show the EU’s #NextGeneration that we really care about their future!

  1. AEPO ARTIS – Association of European Performers’ Organisations
  2. AER – Association of European Radios
  3. Animation Europe
  4. BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts Brussels
  5. CALLIAS Foundation
  6. CEDC – European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
  7. CEM – Centre Européen de Musique
  8. CEPI – European Audiovisual Production
  9. CEPIC – Centre of the Picture Industry
  10. CICAE – International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas
  11. CIRCOSTRADA – European Network for Circus & Street Arts
  12. De Concert!
  13. EAS – European Association for Music in Schools
  14. ECSA – European Composer and Songwriter Alliance
  15. EDN – European Dancehouse Network
  16. EFA – European Festivals Association
  17. EFFORTS – The European Federation of Fortified Sites
  18. EFJ – The European Federation of Journalists
  19. EFNYO – European Federation of National Youth Orchestras
  20. EFP – European Film Promotion
  21. EGDF – European Games Developer Federation
  22. EHTTA – European Historic Thermal Towns Association
  23. EIBF – European and International Booksellers Federation
  24. EJN – Europe Jazz Network
  25. ELIA – Globally Connected European Network of Higher Arts Education
  26. EMC – European Music Council
  27. EMCY – European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
  28. EMEE – European Music Exporters Exchange
  29. EMMA – European Magazine Media Association
  30. EMMA – European Music Managers Alliance
  31. EMU – The European Music School Union
  32. ENCATC – European network on cultural management and cultural policy
  33. ENCC – European Network of Cultural Centres
  34. ENPA – European Newspaper Publishers Association
  35. EOFed – European Orchestra Federation
  36. EPC – European Publishers Council
  37. ERIH – The European Route of Industrial Heritage
  38. ESNS – Eurosonic Noorderslag
  39. ETC – European Theatre Convention
  40. Eurocinema
  41. Europa Distribution – The European Network of Independent Film Publishers and Distributors
  42. Europa International – the network of European sales agents
  43. Europavox : music online media & festivals
  44. ECA – European Choral Association – Europa Cantat
  45. EVA – European Visual Artists
  46. EWC – European Writers’ Council
  47. FEDEC – European Federation for Professional Circus Schools
  48. FERA – Federation of European Film Directors
  49. FEP – Federation of European Publishers
  50. FIA – International Federation of Actors
  51. FIAD – The International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations
  52. FIAPF – International Federation of Film Producers Associations
  53. FIM – International Federation of Musicians
  54. FSE – Federation of Screenwriters in Europe
  55. GESAC – European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers
  56. GIGMIT
  57. IAMIC – International Association of Music Information Centres
  58. IAML – International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, member of EMC
  59. IAO – International Artist Organisation of Music
  60. ICMP – The Global Voice of Music Publishing
  61. IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts
  62. IFJ – International Federation of Journalists
  63. IFPI – International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  64. IFRRO – International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations
  65. IGCAT – International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism
  66. IMMF – International Music Managers Forum
  67. IMPALA – The Independent Music Companies Association
  68. IMPF – The Independent Music Publishers International Forum
  69. IMZ – IMZ International Music + Media Centre
  70. In-Situ – European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space
  71. INES – Innovation Network of European Showcases
  72. ISCM – International Society for Contemporary Music on behalf of the
  73. ISFE – The Interactive Software Federation of Europe
  74. IVF – International Video Federation
  75. Live DMA – European network for live music venues & festivals
  76. Liveurope – The live music platform for new European talent
  77. KEA European Affairs
  78. MCA – Michael Culture Association
  79. NAMM – National Association of Music Merchants
  80. NEMO – The Network of European Museum Organisations
  81. News Media Europe
  82. On the Move
  83. Pearle* – Live Performance Europe
  84. REMA – European Early Music Network
  85. Res Artis – Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies
  86. SAA – Society of Audiovisual Authors
  87. SEEHN – South East European Heritage Network
  88. SHAPE – Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe
  89. Sistema Europe – The Sistema Europe Association
  90. Tenso Network Europe
  91. UNI MEI – UNI global union – media, entertainment & arts
  92. UNIC – International Union of Cinemas
  93. We Are Europe
  94. Yourope – The European Festival Association
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