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Source: Canton of Neuchatel Switzerland
Since March 2020, the artistic and cultural community has found itself in great difficulty due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Closures, cancellations, reductions in tonnage generate perilous economic situations. After a first package of measures co-financed by the Confederation, the LoRo and the canton, a second package of measures will be implemented until the end of December 2021. In addition to these measures, a flat-rate support for cultural actors and actors. s, for a total amount of 700,000 francs as well as a call for projects for rehearsals will be set up from December 3, 2020.
First set of measures In March 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of cultural venues and the cancellation of cultural events, the Federal Council decided to make substantial financial assistance available to the cantons, provided that these are doubled by the cantons, in order to help cultural actors and actors, as well as cultural businesses. The cantons were responsible for implementing the directives of the Confederation. Thanks to the support of an ad hoc task force, the culture service of the Canton of Neuchâtel has to date processed 135 of the 179 applications submitted between April and the end of September. As agreed in the agreement signed by the Federal Office of Culture (OFC) and the Canton of Neuchâtel, all compensation claims will be processed by December 31, 2020.
Second package of measures Given the impossibility of resuming normal artistic and cultural activities, the Confederation decided at the end of September to extend its aid, through a second package of measures to the tune of 280 million francs, relating to the period from November 2020 to December 2021. The Canton of Neuchâtel, like the other cantons, has decided to put the equivalent amount again in order to have federal support. To do this, the Canton may mobilize, in addition to its participation, the LoRo portion of the balance for the first period. The total budget for this second package of measures will total 6.4 million francs.
Intended only for cultural businesses, the new measures provide for a first component of compensation and a second aimed at supporting transformation projects. The latter will have to allow cultural enterprises either a structural change or the search for new audiences. Note that cultural actresses and actors can join forces to submit a request for support as part of transformation projects. The Culture Department has scheduled the counters for filing compensation claims to open from Thursday, December 3, 2020.
This time, the cantons had more room for maneuver as regards the eligible areas. The Canton of Neuchâtel has decided to widen the scope provided for by the Confederation by integrating pre-professional art schools (theater, dance, music, circus, musicals, visual arts) as well as cultural centers, which constitute cogs essentials of the cultural sector.
Complementary cantonal measures In addition, aware that the measures decided upon to date have not made it possible to satisfy all the cultural actors and actors, the Canton wished to provide additional flat-rate assistance inspired by of the system put in place by the Canton of Valais. Thus, professionals active in fields recognized by the Confederation and after deduction of APG and support from Suisseculture Sociale (SCS) will be able to obtain a lump sum aid of 1’800 francs per month, over a period of 6 months, within the limits of ‘a loan granted of 700,000 francs. The information will be available on the website of the Culture Department from December 3, 2020. The deadline for submitting applications has been set for December 14, 2020 and the amounts will in principle be committed no later than December 31, 2020.
Finally, the culture service is launching a call for “Rehearsals” projects which will allow seven theater, dance or music groups to receive aid of 10,000 francs to finance rehearsal and research work. The information will be available on the website of the Culture Department from December 3, 2020. The deadline for applications is December 14, 2020 and the amounts will in principle be committed no later than December 31, 2020. As for requests for support during the first quarter of 2021, they will be assessed taking into account the context of the pandemic, in particular its impact on the dissemination of artistic productions.
Based on these various support mechanisms, the Canton of Neuchâtel wishes to provide concrete assistance in order to preserve the professional skills that the public will need when cultural venues reopen and artistic events resume.
Find all the information on www.ne.ch/culture. The culture department is also available through a hotline specifically dedicated to culture on the number 032 889 49 99.
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