Crises like the one we are experiencing at this moment, caused by the coronavirus / COVID-19, have also got a significant impact on the lives of self-employed workers. Cultural professionals, many of whom live in an extremely precarious context, will be particularly affected. The cancellation or postponement of cultural initiatives, absolutely necessary to contain the spread of the virus, will have very serious consequences on their lives.

This is a time when we have to rethink our practices, consider our responsibilities (collective and individual, political and of citizenship), find ways to support the sector and show solidarity.

Access Culture will be gathering here information on initiatives and resources made available in different parts of the world.

(last updated on 3.4.2020)

1. Portugal

Official message of the Minister of Culture

Ministry of Culture, Cultura Covid-19

Direcção-Geral das Artes, Support for the arts

Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, Exceptional measures

Emergency Fund for the Cultural and Artistic Sector in the Autonomous Region of Madera

Municipality of Lisbon, COVID 19 Measures and information

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Emergency Fund for Artists and Culture

Questionnaire of the University of Minho: COVID-19 impact on the Portuguese cultural sector

The Union of Performance Workers, Audiovisual workers and Musicians (Cena-STE) has sent out a questionnaire in order to be able to evaluate their losses

Anjos 70: Fundraising initiative for artists in Lisbon

2. Governments, public and private bodies in other countries

Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina, Cultura de la solidaridad: programas y líneas de financiamiento para Cultura

Arts Council England, COVID-19 support

Arts Council England, Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers

Arts Council Wales, Responding to coronavirus (Covid-19)

German Ministry of Culture: €50 bilhões para apoiar artistas e organizações culturais

Gemany´s Culture Minister and Chief Conductor set up fund for struggling musicians

National Arts Centre (Canada) and Facebook will pay musicians for livestreams

Support measures for the Romanian cultural sector in response to the COVID-19 crisis

Greek Ministry of Culture, Measures to enhance Modern Culture due to the impact of the health crisis

National Arts Council, Singapore: Sustaining the arts during COVID-19

Kinkade Family Foundation (USA), Emergency grant for curators

Potanin Foundation, Common cause

Anonymous Was A Woman and the New York Foundation for the Arts, Emergency relief grant for women artists

Cinema worker solidarity fund

15 resources for cash-strapped artists hit by coronavirus cuts and closures (USA)

3. Resources and guidelines

IETM, Performing arts in times of the pandemic: status quo and the way forward

Springboard for the Arts: Principles of ethical cancellation

Springboard for the Arts: Coronavirus/Covid-19 resources for artists

COVID-19 and freelance artists resources

Creative Scotland, Resource Directory for Covid-19

Association of Independent Museums (AIM): UK government and sector advice

Association of Children’s Museums (ACM): Resources to Help Guide Your Museum’s Response to Coronavirus

On the Move: Corona Virus: Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility (General advice | Mobility, travel and health | Campaigns and petitions | Statements by networks/foundations | Governmental/Public bodies’ statements and private organisations | Initiatives to get feedback from the arts and cultural sector)

4. Campaingns, manifests and petition to raise awareness regarding of the impact on the cultural sector

Compass, Basic income conversation: Security for all, whatever it takes

Portugal: Manifesto em defesa de um Presente com Futuro

Belgium: By State of the Arts (EN / NL)

France: Pétition pour le soutien des intermittents

Germany: Hilfen für Freiberufler und Künstler während des Corona-Shutdowns

Italy: To support precarious workers and freelancers

Spain: Suspensión inmediata del pago de autónomos mientras dure la crisis del coronavirus

USA, The People’s Cultural Plan – An Urgent List of Demands for Arts and Culture in the Face of NYC State of Emergency

Poland: Open letter/petition to the Minister of Culture suggesting a system of allowance for the lockdown time and compensation system for all cancelled contracts/events (in Polish)

Ukraine: Heads of major cultural institutions wrote an open letter/request to Ukrainian Prime Minister urging to review their decision of the the Ministry of Finance to radically cut their budgets (in Ukrainian)

Bulgaria: an emergency petition to support the independent cultural sector in Bulgaria.

5. Cultura online

Teia 19: Artists whi have seen their performances being cancelled, may present their work through this platform and ask directly the public for a donation.

Artist Support Pledge (Instagram): artists post images of their work, on Instigram which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Anyone can buy the work. Every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist/s work.

Le Festival des Arts Confinés

The Social Distancing Festival

Bleed – Biennial Live Event in the Everyday Digital

Kino Marquee: a virtual theatrical exhibition initiative to enable art house cinemas to serve moviegoers and generate revenue during the coronavirus outbreak

6. Articles and posts

Gerador, Em cenário de pandemia, as fragilidades da cultura ficam a descoberto

Vânia Rodrigues, O que fazer daqui para trás?

Carlos Moura-Carvalho, Medidas para a cultura em estado de emergência

Reem Kassem, Governance during crisis: a case study from Egypt

IETM, Theatre in Italy at the time of Coronavirus

Artnews, Museums in Europe at the time of Coronavirus

Museums Association, Coronavirus: How will it affect museums and what can be done to mitigate the impact

Brian Logan, Comedy’s coronavirus crisis: ‘performers are in deep, deep trouble’

Sandro Debono, The empty museum

Leah Hamilton, Crisis management: a new approach for arts managers

Jasmine Weber, American Alliance of Museums Asks Congress to Allot $4B for Nonprofit Museums

Valentina di Liscia, As the Art World Shuts Down Over COVID-19, Uncertainty Plagues Hourly Workers

Liv Nilssen, Turning refunds into donations

Atta Tarki , Paul Levy and Jeff Weiss, The Coronavirus Crisis Doesn’t Have to Lead to Layoffs

Nina Simon, How Can I Contribute? Four Steps I’m Taking to Figure it Out

Marina D.J. Barham, Message from Palestine

Deborah Cullinan, The time for hope and imagination

Sam Conniff, Too early for optimism

Joan Baldwin, The discomfort you’re feeling

Maria Vlachou, The best we can: Re-establishing priorities for arts professionals in
times of crisis

François Matarasso, This is what we´re working to protect

Colleen Dilenschneider, What Will Make People Feel Safe Attending a Cultural Entity Again?

Laura Collins-Hughes, As Theaters Stare Down Uncertainty, Ars Nova Buys Itself Time