Germany estimates 28 billion (!) in arts losses

The German government has published projections of cultural losses as a consequences of the Coronavirus.

Cultural industries in Germany generated close to 170 billion Euros in 2018, employing 1.7 million individuals. Over the next four months, up to one-fifth of that total will be lost.

The music sector alone stands to lose 5.1 billion euros by mid-summer, equivalent to 59 percent of turnover.

 

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  • What is reassuring in many countries is that there is a will to rebuild life, including cultural life once this crisis is over. If every country faces this crisis with strict restrictions, we should be out of this situation within more or less a year. It looks like in Australia, for example, this virus could be under control within a couple of months, provided the total border closure remains in place. The borders cannot open until the whole thing is controlled globally. I do not expect the world to be normal again until 2022.

    • False, sorry. Border closures themselves do little to nothing once the virus is inside a country, which it is in all bigger nations. It’s one measure to be taken, but not the most important not the most efficient one.
      It’s the reduction of the infection rate, how many are infected by those infectious, that does the trick and is crucial. The effect is exponential… That is achieved by finding and isolating the infected.
      The other measure is social distancing and hygiene.
      That’s the primary line of defense from the community wide perspective.
      Only the next and secondary line is the medical care, hospitals, ICU in particular.

    • “It looks like in Australia, for example, this virus could be under control within a couple of months, provided the total border closure remains in place.”

      And then? Without a cure and/or vaccine, the crisis is just postponed.

  • But on a positive note, many freelancers have, in an unbureaucratic and quick fashion (2 days since applying), been given 5000€ for the purpose of covering lost work.

  • I don’t think that “normal” classical concerts will resume at least until late 2020 and even well into 2021 in most countries. With so much of the classical concerts audience consists of elderly people, these event can cause major threats.

    • Er…concerts will likely begin again in July in Europe. Of course, we can’t be sure exactly when, but the pandemic will burn itself out and life will start returning to normal. But July is a good guess.

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