At the Government’s press conference on Thursday, October 22, the Minister of Culture gave an update on the support and support measures for the cultural sector during the period of strengthening health measures and establishing a healthbonfire.

The minister first confirmed that the strengthening of the cross-cutting measures announced on October 15 by the Minister of Economy, Finance and Recovery applies to the entire sector.

- The professionals most directly affected by the break in activity due to the curfew and employing fewer than 50 employees will thus be able to benefit from increased aid from the solidarity fund, if their turnover decreases by at least 50%. This aid will cover all loss of turnover up to €10,000 per month for the duration of the curfew.

Small and medium-sized enterprises in the coverage areaIn the case of a loss of more than 50% of turnover, a total exemption from employers' social contributions will also be granted in addition to an aid for the payment of employees' social contributions up to a limit of 20% of the wage bill, which will make it possible to cover In the Netherlands, the share of social security contributions paid by the State is higher than in the Netherlands.

In areas where there is no curfew, these professionals will be able to benefit from this aid when their turnover falls by at least 70%, within the limit of 60% of turnover.

The activities concerned are: the projection of cinematographic films and the technical industries of cinema and the animated image; the post-production of cinematographic films, video and television programmes; the distribution of cinematographic films; the production of films for cinema; the production of films and programmes for television; the production of institutional and advertising films; the performing arts; activities in support of the performing arts; artistic creation related to the visual arts; art galleries; artist authors; management of performance halls and production; museum management; tour guides; management of historical sites and monuments and similar tourist attractions; photographic activities; cultural education and translator-interpreters.

- In addition, activities indirectly penalized by health measures will also benefit from access to the solidarity fund up to €10,000 when they record a decrease of at least 70% of their turnover within the limit of 60% of their turnover business.

The activities concerned are the following: sound recording and music publishing; book publishers; other crafts; activities related to the production of original sound matrices, on tapes, cassettes, CDs; the provision of recordings, their promotion and distribution.

- Finally, for all these actors, the other measures planned since the beginning of the crisis remain fully accessible: the partial activity taken over 100% by the State until the end of 2020, and loans guaranteed by the State until 30 June 2021. 

The Minister of Culture also announced two series of specific measures, complementing these cross-cutting measures, to accompany live entertainment and cinema during the curfew period. 

-             As regards the live performance, €85 million will be mobilized to deepen and strengthen the mechanisms implemented since the beginning of the crisis, and thus safeguard the programs and structures, allowing them to play, despite reduced gauges and staggered schedules.

For live music, the existing protection and compensation funds will be allocated an additional €55 million, of which €3 million will be earmarked specifically for authors. Entrusted to the National Music Centre (CNM), these measures will benefit all sector players, both private and subsidized.

An exemption from the entertainment tax in the first half of 2021 will also be proposed to the Parliament, to lighten the burden of the companies concerned; it will be compensated by the State at the CNM to the tune of €5 million.

For the musical performing arts (theatre, dance, circus, street arts in particular), an additional envelope of 20 million euros will be implemented to support the private sector as subsidized, including authors, of which €10 million will be allocated to the Association pour le soutien du théâtre privé (ASTP) and €10 million will be managed by the Artistic Creation Directorate.

Finally, the specific and temporary emergency fund, created in September for the artists and technicians of the show (FUSSAT) who did not fit into any scheme, will be endowed with an additional 5 million euros and will reach a total of 10 M€.

-             As regards cinema, aid amounting to EUR 30 million is being set up to enable cinemas to remain open despite the economic consequences of curfews.

These measures must make it possible, on the one hand, to compensate for the losses caused by the abolition of the two evening sittings at 8 pm and 10 pm, which account for almost half of the attendance in the halls, and on the other hand to support the release of films in theatres in a context where the economic risks taken by distributors are very important during this period.

Four new measures are put in place to support the entire film industry:

o The creation of an additional price on each ticket in the curfew zone, paid by the State and paid to distributors;

o An enhanced bonus of automatic support generated by distributors during the 6 weeks of curfew;

o Doubling the normal scale of automatic support for producers over the same period, up to 1.5 million admissions;

o And finally, the “compensation” fund for operators' losses will be replenished in order to take into account the loss of additional turnover that curfew represents for theatres.

The Government has therefore decided to commit a total of €115 million in new aid to support the activity of live entertainment and cinema during the 6 weeks of curfew. This is an exceptional new effort in favour of culture.

The Minister of Culture thanks the professionals for their mobilization and commitment to continue to offer the public access to culture under strict health security conditions. In this context, she encourages all French women to continue to see artists on stage or at the cinema.