On the occasion of the reopening of cultural places, the Government amplifies its support to the cultural sectors by releasing €148 million in additional aid for cinema and live entertainment, particularly affected by the health crisis.
Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, Welcomes the continuation of the support implemented by the State since the beginning of the crisis which aims to cope with the prolonged closures at the beginning of the year and to accompany the reopening of cultural places with reduced gauges.
In addition to the transversal aid to enterprises that the Government has extended (solidarity fund, partial activity, exemption and aid for the payment of social contributions, loan guaranteed by the State), these new measures, paid in respect of the first half of 2021, reflect the specificity of the economic models of live entertainment and cinema, as well as the particular role of culture and creation in our country.
• The film sector will receive €80 million in additional aid, of which €60 million for theatre operators and €20 million for production and distribution companies.
• The live music sector will benefit from an additional €38 million This includes the National Music Centre’s Ticketing Compensation Fund, which is designed to take into account the reduction in gauges during this recovery period.
• Private theatre sector to benefit from an additional €15 million to extend the TPA recovery backup and support funds.
• Finally, the subsidized entertainment sector in the regions will also benefit from an additional €15 million to cope with the various sanitary constraints put in place at the reopening of the rooms.
These exceptional measures, requested by the Prime Minister, are in addition to the stimulus plan and budgetary appropriations mobilized under the 2021 Finance Act; they also complement the measures announced on March 11 and May 12:
• The €97 million in emergency aid announced on 11 March for artistic and cultural creation and employment (including €30 million for the “festival fund”, €22 million for authors, €20 million for regional artistic teams, €15 million for the recording of shows and €10 million for the specific emergency solidarity fund for artists and show technicians) ;
• as well as the measures to support intermittence and cultural employment announced on May 11 with the Minister of Labour, Employment and Integration Elisabeth Borne, with:
o the new extension of 4 months of the white year of the intermittents and the establishment of additional safety nets until 31 December 2022;
o temporary lowering of the access threshold to intermittent at 338 hours and development of learning and device “1 youth 1 solution” to promote the employment of young professionals;
o as well as €30 million in additional measures to support artistic employment (aid under the GIP Cafés Culture, aid for the payment of contributions via the GUSO and reinforcement of aid to small theatres and aid to companies to compensate artists for rehearsal time under FONPEPS).