ADAGP, one of our members in France, is supporting artists through the Covid-19 emergency

The COVID 19 virus continues to disrupt the cultural sector and affect the lives of creators. ADAGP (l’Association pour la Diffusion des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques) announced that they will maintain awarded cultural action grants, including for postponed or canceled events. In doing so, its beneficiaries can cover the expenses already incurred as well as the remuneration of the artist and authors scheduled to participate in these events.

Furthermore, they have maintained all planned contests and calls to participation, such as their Revelation BD 2020 contest.

ADAGP has also regrouped information on the diverse measures taken in France by the government and other organisations on their website, which has also served as a platform for the sharing of various questionnaires aiming at impact assessment and other research.

Notable examples include, the Cnap’s (Le Centre national des arts plastiques soutient l’art contemporain) emergency fund, aiming to provide aid to artists, creators and other professions (art critics, curators, and theorists) who have suffered a loss of remuneration due to the cancellations and postponements of exhibitions or other cultural events. The financial support is in the form of a lumpsum of maximum € 2,500. (read more).

And also, the Solidarity fund set up by the French state and regions, which can be requested by small companies and associations until Mai 15th 2020. It consists of a lumpsum of € 1500 as a form of compensation for the declared losses of turnover for the month of March 2020. Further assistance can be provided to companies in extreme difficulty starting from the 15th of April amounting to an additional € 2000. (read more).

Such efforts, as well as solidarity amongst creators and cultural organisations are important steps to help artists keep their heads above water.