Breaking: Germany rolls out aid for freelance artists

Breaking: Germany rolls out aid for freelance artists


norman lebrecht

March 23, 2020

Culture Minister Monika Grütters has just announced what she called a ‘rescue umbrella for the cultural, creative and media sectors’.

‘We know the needs, we know the despair,’ said Grütters. ‘The cultural sector in particular is characterized by a high proportion of self-employed people who now have existential problems. I am therefore happy to be able to say: Help is coming – as quickly and as unbureaucratically as possible! I would like to thank the Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Labor very sincerely for taking into account the concerns and interests of the artists and the creative and media landscape that we have brought to the table. This shows that the Federal Government as a whole is aware of the unique importance of our cultural, creative and media landscape.’

The Federal Government will provide Corona emergency aid for self-employed and small businesses totalling up to 50 billion euros.



  • John Borstlap says:

    Good idea. The same in France: extra support for the arts.

    In countries where the arts are not seen as part of national cultural identity, it is feared that the epidemic will be considered a good reason to finally get rid of any support for culture which is still in place.

  • Gustavo says:

    When are elections in Germany?

    • George says:

      Elections are in 2021.
      If Germany says it’s as unbeaurocratic as possible, it means you’ll have to read through 25 pages only instead of 48. 😉

      • sycorax says:

        I don’t think so. I’m concerned (not as a musician, but as an author. My publisher houses delay publishing of two books because the local book sellers aren’t working; I’ve lost the contracts for public readings), besides I have to do the papers for a friend of mine, so I have already read what our ministery has to say. It looks not too bad, but tomorrow we’ll know more. Then we can do the papers – and will tell.

    • psq says:

      By the way, all the European countries will have an election sooner or later. Now I know why none of them has advocated for herd immunity.

    • HugoPreuss says:

      Oh, you are sooo right. There will be a federal election in 2021, and the federal government is shamelessly courting the independent self-employed musician’s vote! There must be hundreds of votes in this, if not thousands! Makes all the difference in an electorate of about 60 millions.

      Obviously, there can’t be *any* other reason for the German government to help the arts in this time of crisis.

      This rubbish makes me sick.

  • Mr. Knowitall says:

    In addition, GEMA has announced the details of its support plan, largely loans against future GEMA income, plus additional support for members who need more, and GVL has a small, tiny really, amount of support available as well.

  • fflambeau says:

    Great! Thanks to Germany for showing the way.

  • Catherine Davis says:

    Would that the Australian Public cared……retaining the rugby league has headed the nation’s priorities.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      I’m not a fan of these kinds of sports either but if this keeps the people distracted while they are in isolation and assuages their concerns and issues afterwards then I don’t see the problem. These teams are generally self-supporting and not relying on government subsidies, unless I’m mistaken.

      I’m not sure that I would describe it as “headed the nation’s priorities”. These organizations are self-governing. The Australian government has other things on its mind just now.

    • fflambeau says:

      Well, you must be doing something right. I just saw Australia’s Stuart Skelton perform as Tristan at the Met in Tristan und Isolde and thought he did a fantastic job. Not a looker but a great voice.