GE­SAC for­dert ra­sche Hil­fe zur Be­wäl­ti­gung der Co­ro­na­kri­se

Der Eu­ro­päi­sche Dach­ver­band der Ur­he­ber­ge­sell­schaf­ten GE­SAC for­dert ra­sche Hil­fe von eu­ro­päi­schen Ent­schei­dungs­trä­gern – so­wohl auf EU-Ebe­ne als auch in den Län­dern selbst.

Creators and CO­VID-19 cri­sis: GE­SAC calls on Eu­ro­pean de­cisi­on-ma­kers to take ur­gent ac­tion

Eu­ro­pean cul­tu­re and Eu­ro­pean creators are fa­cing unpre­ce­den­ted ne­ga­ti­ve im­pacts as a re­sult of the CO­VID-19 pan­de­mic.

Creators who rely on the pu­blic per­for­mance of their work have seen pre­sent and fu­ture ear­nings wi­ped out as lock­downs take their toll on the eco­no­my. Along­side the clo­sure of bars, clubs and other ve­nues, the can­cel­la­ti­on of events like con­certs and fes­ti­vals has worsened the si­tua­ti­on for tho­se who­se li­ve­li­hoods de­pend on per­for­mance and royal­ty re­ve­nues.

To fur­ther exa­cer­ba­te mat­ters, the pro­duc­tion of many films, se­ri­es and other cul­tu­ral pro­jects has been post­po­ned or stop­ped al­tog­e­ther, me­a­ning creators may face eco­no­mic hardship well into 2021.

The pre­ca­rious work ar­ran­ge­ments of creators makes them par­ti­cu­lar­ly vul­nerable to eco­no­mic down­turn. Un­ab­le to be­ne­fit from the safe­ty net af­for­ded by lar­ger com­pa­nies, de­di­ca­ted funds on of­fer for small and me­di­um-si­zed en­ter­pri­ses or un­em­ploy­ment pay­ments for em­ployees, creators are at risk of being for­got­ten.

As or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons made by creators for creators, collec­ti­ve ma­nage­ment or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons (CMOs) are pro­vi­ding as­si­s­tance bey­ond the pro­fes­sio­nal, hel­ping creators who have been deeply af­fec­ted on a per­so­nal le­vel by this cri­sis.

All of our 33 mem­ber so­cie­ties are ta­king ac­tion to help their mem­bers; pro­vi­ding emer­gen­cy funds, lo­ans and ad­van­ce pay­ments. They are also ad­ap­ting their so­cial and cul­tu­ral funds – de­di­ca­ted parts of their re­ve­nue[1] used for cul­tu­ral and so­cial pur­po­ses –  to ad­dress the ur­gent pro­blems fa­cing mu­sic aut­hors, com­po­sers and edi­tors.

Howe­ver, much broa­der and more sus­tainab­le Eu­ro­pean in­itia­ti­ves must be im­ple­men­ted by the EU in­sti­tu­ti­ons and na­tio­nal go­vernments to sup­port the en­t­i­re sec­tor. A strong and united Eu­ro­pean re­spon­se that pays homage to the very foun­da­ti­ons of the Uni­on and its core va­lues is nee­ded.

The crea­ti­ve com­mu­ni­ty, of which GE­SAC re­pres­ents over 1 mil­li­on creators, re­com­mends that:

  • The Com­mis­si­on spe­ci­fi­cal­ly men­ti­ons the im­por­t­ance of sup­por­ting the cul­tu­ral sec­tor when pro­vi­ding funds to Mem­ber Sta­tes and makes sure that the pre­ca­rious si­tua­ti­on of creators is ta­ken into ac­count in its po­li­cy re­gar­ding CO­VID-19;
  • Mem­ber Sta­tes make sure that part of the emer­gen­cy funds pro­vi­ded by the EU is avail­ab­le to creators and the cul­tu­ral sec­tor;
  • Co-le­gis­la­tors swift­ly ad­opt the Mul­ti­an­nu­al Fi­nan­cial Frame­work that sets the fu­ture fun­ding for cul­tu­re in Eu­ro­pe, with the ne­cessa­ry in­cre­a­se for our sec­tors, as pro­po­sed by the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment.

The power of cul­tu­re, mu­sic and art to con­nect peop­le du­ring dif­fi­cult times has be­co­me ever more ap­pa­rent on so­cial me­dia. Vi­ral vi­de­os have shown how sin­ging and pe­forming tog­e­ther can pro­vi­de who­le neigh­bour­hoods a brief re­spi­te from the si­tua­ti­on, and bring peop­le tog­e­ther at a time when they are being as­ked to re­main apart.

Creators and the cul­tu­ral sec­tor are es­sen­ti­al aspects of the Eu­ro­pean pro­ject; core to crea­ting a “Eu­ro­pe united in di­ver­si­ty”. But this pan­de­mic has shown just how fra­gi­le our abi­li­ty to pro­mo­te and per­form cul­tu­ral and crea­ti­ve acts can be.

On be­half of the Eu­ro­pean com­mu­ni­ty of creators, we ask that Eu­ro­pean po­li­cy-ma­kers take swift and de­cisi­ve ac­tion to pro­tect Eu­ro­pean crea­ti­vi­ty and cul­tu­re.

About GE­SAC

The Eu­ro­pean Grou­ping of So­cie­ties of Aut­hors and Com­po­sers (GE­SAC) com­pri­ses 33 aut­hors’ so­cie­ties from all over Eu­ro­pe. Tog­e­ther, we re­pre­sent over one mil­li­on creators and rights­hol­ders – from mu­si­ci­ans to wri­ters, vi­su­al ar­tists to film di­rec­tors and many more, in the are­as of mu­si­cal, au­dio­vi­su­al, vi­su­al arts, and li­tera­ry and dra­ma­tic works.

[1] in 2018 tho­se funds from GE­SAC mem­bers so­cie­ties amoun­ted in to­tal to more than three times the EU bud­get for cul­tu­re, ex­clu­ding me­dia