In an open letter addressed to both Deputy Prime Minister Raluca Turkan and Culture Minister Bogdan Georgiou, posted on Facebook, the artists stressed that “the existence of the cultural sector does not depend only on the organizers of the events, but especially on the artists,” Agerpress was quoted as saying.
“I learned that the Ministry of Culture, with the support of the Romanian government, has developed a draft state aid scheme to support the cultural sector, whose activities have been halted to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But I was surprised to find that the artists were not included in the government’s plan. Reading the five measures covered by the state aid scheme, I noticed that they are addressed only to cultural operators, organizers of festivals and cultural events, organizers of music events and stand-up comedy, ticket sellers, booksellers and publishers, artists who are not involved in any of these measures. We believe that the existence of the cultural sector depends not only on the organizers of the events, but especially on the artists. “Include this entity in the state aid scheme as an eligible beneficiary of the amounts intended for assistance to the cultural sector,” the open letter reads.
Signed by Ada, Alb Negru, Alesia, Alesia, Ami, Amna, Anda Adam, Andrea Banici, Antonia, Alex Mladin, Bela Santiago, Bere Gratis, Bogdan Gridan, Bogdan Medvedi, The Dreams of Carla, Cargo, Caesar Gunna, Connect-R, Kristina Vasiu, Dara, Datina, Debu, Delia, Delia Rus, Diana Breskan, directed by 5, DJ project, Dodi, Edward Maya, Edward Sanda, Eliana, EMMA, Ethno, Fidas, Florin Ristei, Florian Rus, friends , Gabriel Huiban, ipipsi Casual, Gloria and the Balkans, Gran Error, Holograph, Hevito, Ho-ra, Horia Brenciu, Hvnds, Inna, Iris – Christie Minculescu, Walter and Boro, Iris – Nelu Dumitrescu, Ionic Morosha – Co, Kempes, Lavinia Goste, Laura, Loredana, Marius Zorij, Manuel Riva, Mark Stam, Mateo, Maximilian, Melina, Misha, Misha Miller, Mr. Vick, Narcotic Sound, Olivia Adams, Paula Seling, Puya, Ro- Mania, Roxana Nemes, Roxenne, Ruby, Sasha Lopez, Shift, Cycloti, Smiley, Sonny Flame, Spike, Sylvia by DJ Rino, Stefan Benici, Tavi Klonda, Motons, Toby Ibitoye, Trupper, V ama, Wiki Red / Pax, Napon, Wunk, wrs, 3 Southeast, 6n.
A memorandum to develop a state aid scheme to support the cultural sector by awarding grants to continue the activities of cultural operators affected by the Covid-19 pandemic was approved by the government last Wednesday.
“Today, a memorandum was approved for the development of a state aid scheme to support the cultural sector by awarding grants to continue the activities of cultural operators affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. “It is a scheme discussed with the representatives of the cultural sector and, tonight, the Government adopted, at the suggestion of Deputy Prime Minister Raluca Turkan and Minister of Culture Bogdan Georgiou, this first step in implementing this state aid scheme with a ceiling of 100 million euros.” said the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Jonel Danci, at the end of the government meeting.