London has set aside £1.6m of emergency funding for artist studios, with 80 per cent of organisations receiving funding led by women, people from a BAME background, the LGBTQ+ community or people with disabilities. Read more here
Bristol launched #shortitout, an initiative inviting filmmakers of every age and experience to create and submit 90 second films. The initiative encouraged creativity and storytelling, and provided an opportunity to hone filmmaking skills and connect with peers. Read more here or read the #shortitout feed
The municipality of Amsterdam will plough an additional €17 million into support for local arts over the next couple of months. The plan aims to ensure that key institutions within the cultural and creative sector can mitigate the effects of the crisis. Read more here
Toulouse metropole and Toulouse City Council are continuing to make many cultural offers free of charge online, but have further ensured that, for cancelled theatre shows, tickets can be refunded, and that engagement contracts with artists and technicians are honoured, even if work has not been carried out in full. Read more here
Lisbon City Council has taken a range of extraordinary measures to protect culture. These include €200,000 in immediate support to the city’s Fado houses, as well as exemptions on rent payments for both cultural institutions and individual artists operating in municipal spaces. Read more here
The city of Cologne has created a database of best practices from local companies that have found innovative and creative solutions to deal with the present circumstances. This includes, for example, digital window-shopping or selling vouchers for favourite individual stores or pubs around the corner. Read more here
Leeuwarden asked their cultural sector to estimate their losses, in terms of activities and funds, and concluded that these will amount to over one million euros. So they came up with some measures to reduce this number.
The city’s Deputy Mayor for Culture signed a petition addressed to the Italian Ministry of Culture to guarantee special support to the local creative sector. This includes measures such as: direct funding injections, specific allowances and benefits for workers from the cultural, entertainment, film, audiovisual and tourism sectors, welfare benefits for seasonal workers, insurance premiums for cultural enterprises and access to the 130 million euro emergency fund allocated by the national government. Read more here and here (in Italian)