European Commission to support performing arts with €2,5 million for distribution

European Commission to support performing arts with €2,5 million for distribution

23/06/2020

A call for tenders has been published to support the cross-border circulation and digital distribution of performing arts works.

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the vulnerability of the performing arts sector as all hosting venues had to close down and most performances will only be able to resume after the summer break, under strict conditions. A new support scheme for the sector, focusing on theatre, dance, circus and street arts is therefore very timely.

The new call aims to support the cross-border circulation and digital distribution of performing arts works. This will help the sector recover and regain its European dimension, which is a clear added value of the Creative Europe programme.

The call for tenders worth 2,5 million euros should lead to the selection of a contractor or consortium in the fourth quarter of 2020 so that funds can reach the sector as soon as possible.

COMPLEMENTARITY BETWEEN PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION

The new support scheme will also address the following issues: the impact of mobility on the environment and the role of digital culture. The Commission will propose measures to mitigate the sector’s carbon footprint and will at the same time include a forward-looking reflection on the use of digital tools.

The live recording and streaming of the supported performances will be promoted as a complement to reach a broader audience and make touring more sustainable.

The call and its budget increase (from € 2 to 2,5 million) confirm the strong commitment of the European Commission to support the sector and help it build a more resilient and sustainable future.

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