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The government extended the measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the culture sector

3. September 2020 - 0:00

Tallinn, Stenbock House, 3 September 2020 – Today, the government approved a decision to partially change the requirements for applicants in the field of music and film. The Ministry of Culture wishes to open an additional call for applications to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus crisis in these sectors at the expense of the funds that were not allocated in the first call for applications.

“The active and diverse cultural life, which gained momentum again in the summer, must continue in autumn. The state supports culture managers who may otherwise not be able to continue their activities. This way, Estonian cultural life can emerge from the crisis as strong as ever, or even stronger,” said Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas.

The aim of the changes concerning the field of music is to expand the target group of beneficiaries. An opportunity to apply for support is also given to those organisations in the field of music that did not qualify in the first call for applications. By a government decision, the maximum level of payment is abolished. This gives organisations whose losses exceed 15,000 euros the opportunity to apply for support that would compensate the full extent of the damages to ensure the sustainability of the organisation.

The changes concerning the support scheme for film are technical and the content of the support requirements and the target group will not change.

The total allocation for the support measure for music and film in this call for applications is 2 million euros.