Protecting the arts must be a priority in good times and in bad
Europe is home to some of the world's most wonderful musicians, artists and designers but despite the difficulty COVID-19 poses to the sector we must do our utmost to protect it.
COVID-19 has hit everyone hard and has changed our urban and professonal landscapes. One of the most striking changes, however, has been the closure of our museums, theatres and art galleries.
Of course we miss travel but for many of us it is the cancelled music festival or art exhibition, that we so looked forward to all year, we regret most. That is why Parliament’s culture committee wants the EU to set up specific aid to help the sector survive the crisis. MEPs have written a letter to Thierry Breton, Internal Market Commissioner; and Mariya Gabriel, Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Commissioner, in which they call for three specificied measures:
1. Protecting artists who may not qualify for national support schemes through the Creative Europe programme
2.Making sure EU funds reach the sector by increasing funding for Creative Europe
3.Creating an ad hoc financial instrument under the European Investment Fund to channel funds to the sector
These measures along with the support of the genral public and the creativity of our artists will help ensure the survival of cultural goods we all love so dearly.