Facing the disastrous impact of the COVID-19 crisis on arts and culture both on a national and international scale, IETM, the International network for contemporary performing arts, demands that national governments take measures to support the performing arts sector and ensure its resilience.
The corona-crisis had a detrimental effect on the already extremely vulnerable ecosystem of the performing arts sector, which is characterised by a high number of freelance and self-employed professionals, part-time contracts, flexible jobs, combined with limited access to social benefits. Moreover, for many art organisations, festivals and professionals, the crisis fell on the crucial time of the year when a substantial part of their annual income was supposed to be gained.
The plea was written by IETM and co-signed by Circostrada Network, European Dancehouse Network, European Theatre Convention, In Situ – European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space and European Festivals Association (EFA).
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IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts – is a network of over 450 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide: theatre, dance, circus, performance, interdisciplinary live art forms, new media.
Members include festivals, companies, producers, theatres, research and resource centers, universities and institutional bodies.