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Source: CDU CSU


Cancellation fees are paid too seldom

The Scientific Service of the German Bundestag has written a study on cancellation fees for cultural workers in lockdown. The cultural and media policy spokeswoman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Elisabeth Motschmann, explains:

“Only seven of the 16 federal states allow unrestricted cancellation fees for artists, cultural workers and creative people during the lockdown. This is the result of an elaboration by the Scientific Service of the Bundestag.

The CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag considers it disappointing that no more countries are using this important instrument to keep artists and creative people afloat in times of bans on performance and work. It therefore appeals urgently to the countries that are still missing to finally allow cancellation fees.

Many cultural workers have loss of income that threatens their existence as a result of the pandemic-related closings of cultural institutions and the cancellation of events. This applies above all to the stage area, i.e. theater and concerts, but also z. B. Freelance museum guides. Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters made it possible for these creative people to pay default fees in agreement with the Federal Ministry of Finance. Cultural institutions and projects that are funded by the federal government can pay up to 60 percent of the actual fee for engagements that had to be canceled due to the Corona crisis, even if there is no corresponding contractual provision. This instrument is urgently needed again in the second culture lockdown in November.

Six of the countries surveyed do not follow the good example of the federal government, three only allow partial cancellation fees. Some countries referred to their micro-scholarship or artist aid programs that they launched during the pandemic. It doesn’t look any better with the big churches. The Evangelical Church appeals to the congregations to be ‘accommodating’. In the Catholic Church, failure fees are paid “in individual cases” in the local communities.

In addition to the ‘November aid’ and the fictitious entrepreneur’s wages for solo self-employed, which hopefully will finally come, the payment of cancellation fees is another important instrument for artists and creative people. Nobody knows how long the current culture lockdown will last. The CDU / CSU parliamentary group will keep a close eye on its consequences and, if necessary, will campaign for further reactions. “


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