Coronavirus: Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility

Last update: 26 May 2020 (latest updates with the sign ◊ - new updates). 

New sub-section since 18 May: Unlocking venues / audiences (see below number 12)

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All sectors are affected by the Covid-19 pandemia but we are very much aware that the alternative and independent art scene is / will be particularly under pressure. This list of resources has been compiled and updated since 14 March 2020, in partnership with Circostrada*, as a way to gather information and initiatives internationally that can be useful to share, know about and/or be inspired from. 

This list is by no means comprehensive and can be easily enriched thanks to your feedback and proposal to include new resources. Feel free to email us any initiative related to one of the sub-topics below at mobility(at)on-the-move.org For information, we are still lacking references to the visual arts sector and world regions such as Africa, the MENA region, Latin America etc. 

Contents of the list:

Some sub-sections - like the sections 5, 6, 7, 11 and 12 - are linked to another section because they contain too many resources - scroll down for details, or click a link below):

1. General advice

2. Mobility/travel and health/safety related information

3. Campaigns or online petitions raising awareness of the coronavirus’ massive impact on the arts and cultural sector

4. Statements by organisations/networks/foundations

5. Governmental / public bodies + private organisations: readjustments of existing schemes and/or new funding schemes (at international, European and national levels)

6. Initiatives (especially online surveys) to gather feedback from different parts of the arts and cultural sector affected by the coronavirus

7. Sector-specific information and advice (including webinars and online conferences)

8. Pay the artists / cultural venues / organisations

9. Some news and initiatives coming from Asia

10. Articles and other resources

11. Some ideas for when you're stuck at home

12. Unlocking venues / audiences (NEW since 18 May 2020)


Organisations with a * are On the Move's members


1. General advice: 

Rationale for the JRC COVID-19 website - data monitoring and national measures (Europe) - link

Mapping the coronavirus pandemic in African countries - link

The European Commission response team (health, mobility and economy) - link

Key health messages on the Coronavirus pandemia in 22 languages - link

#StayTheFuckHome - A Movement to Stop the COVID-19 Pandemic - link (EN / ES / FR/ IT / PL / PT / IT / RU / FARSI)

DIY resources to make face masks, ventilators and other open designs and p2p hardware for use in Corona response - link


2. Mobility/travel and health/safety related information: 

Interactive Coronavirus (Covid-19) Travel Regulations Map (powered by Timatic) - link

Tourism and transport: Commission's guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism in 2020 and beyond (13 May) - link

A European roadmap to lifting coronavirus containment measures - link

Carte pour suivre l'évolution du coronavirus en Afrique / Map to follow the evolution of the coronavirus in Africa - link

Travel restrictions' map in Europe (community based) - link

Africa is starting to lock out the world to slow the spread of coronavirus on the continent (16 March 2020) - link

In Europe: information related to the music sector but that can be applicable to other sectors. The introduction by WBM Expertise is in French but the information on the situation in various European countries is in English - link

Safety and health measures in European countries (list compiled by EMEE) - link

Mobility to the USA during the Covid-19 pandemia - Information compiled by Tamizdat* - link


3. Campaigns or online petitions raising awareness of the coronavirus’ massive impact on the arts and cultural sector:


Open letter to the EU demanding support for the cultural and creative sectors in the COVID crisis - link

Emergency basic income for the EU - link



Open Letter to Museums and Galleries in support of education and other essential workers - link

COVID-19: An open letter from African intellectuals to Africa’s leaders - link




'If our government wants cultural life to return, it must act now': an open letter from Australia's arts industry - link


A new policy statement for the arts in Flanders: A summary - link

Manifeste pour soutenir les travailleurs et travailleuses de la culture - link


Grupo de mais de 500 artistas divulga manifesto em repúdio a declarações de Regina Duarte - link


Petition to support the independent cultural sector - link


Soutenez les Etats Généraux du Festival Off d'Avignon ! - link

Sauvons les Alliances françaises - link

SYNDEAC: Lettre ouverte au Président de la République - link

Artistes-Auteurs : 8 préconisations urgentes - link

L'appel des indépendants - Acte 2 - link

Courrier de la FRAAP adressé aux conseillers arts plastiques des DRAC et aux Régions - link

Année Blanche pour les Intermittents du Spectacle - link

La FRAAP: quelle politique publique de soutien pour les acteurs culturels de proximité les plus fragiles - link

SNAM: Les Musiciens veulent des actes ! - link

#COVID-19 Les métiers d’art doivent être pris en compte dans les dispositifs d'aides ! - link

Renouvellement des droits des intermittents du spectacle année noire 2020 - link

Culture en danger Lettre ouverte au Président de la République - link

Déclaration commune des organisations d'employeurs et salariés du spectacle vivant et enregistré / via le SYNDEAC - link

Mobilisation et coopération contre le COVID 19 via l'UFISC - link

Pour un fonds unique en faveur des artistes-auteurs - link

Communiqué de presse concernant la SPEDIDAM - link

Corona virus - Égalité des indemnités entre tous les indépendants - link

Appel des artistes et des salariés de la culture (via la FEVIS) - link

Pétition pour le soutien des intermittents - link


Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e.V: Letter to the Senate Department of Culture - link

Emergency aid fund for Berlin's artists - link

Hilfen für Freiberufler und Künstler während des Corona-Shutdowns - link


◊  Support Art Workers Greece - link


ACTA -  Le proposte di Acta per sostenere i lavoratori indipendenti durante e dopo l’emergenza Covid-19 - link

◊  Italian museum directors demand national fund for culture - link

To support precarious workers and freelancers - link

Appello per sostegno urgente ai lavoratori dello spettacolo - link


◊ Working Group of the Japan Association for Cultural Policy Research and the Japan Association for Cultural Economics:  “Proposals for the Cultural field impacted by covid-19” including urgent recommendation on policy and measure to the Agency for Cultural Affairs. - link

The Netherlands

ZZP'ers hebben óók recht op financiële bijstand na de Coronacrisis - link


◊ Artists, cultural workers call for immediate assistance amid lockdown - link


Carta aberta: Os invisíveis da Cultura - link

Russian federation:

◊  Online petition by independent artists and producers and addressed to the Government of the Russian Federation with the request to support the independent culture and art sector in times of crisis followed due to coronavirus - link


Informe de situación de los Artistas Visuales y medidas ante la crisis del COVID-19 - link

Mobilisation of the sector to ask for extraordinary measures - link

Suspensión inmediata del pago de autónomos mientras dure la crisis del coronavirus - link


Création d’un fonds d’indemnisation pour les intermittent/es du spectacle en Suisse - link


Campaing Artists against corona - link

United Kingdom:

Self employed to access full pay through HMRC- link

Create an emergency fund to support freelancers with Coronavirus income loss - link


In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. Performing Arts Sector, Requests Assistance from USCIS and Department of State - link

Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund are standing up for the arts in America during COVID-19 (19 March) - link


4. Statements by organisations/networks/foundations:

European institutions (Commission / Parliament) + EU ministers of Culture

◊  Video conference of Ministers of Culture - May 2020 (19 May) - link (summary - link)

Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the new MFF, own resources and the Recovery Plan (13 May) - link

Culture Committee chair Verheyen calls for doubling money for Creative Europe (12 May) - link

European Parliament: COVID-19: Save European culture and values, MEPs tell Commission - link

Declaration by the Ministers of Culture and Media of EU countries within the scope of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union - link

European Parliament, EU funds must reach media and creative sector, say MEPs (21 April 2020) - link

European Parliament, Sabine Verheyen: “New funds must reach creative sectors immediately” (27 March 2020) - link

European Parliament (Culture and Education Committee Chair) - link



UNESCO - More than 130 Ministers call for support to culture sector in COVID-19 crisis response - link

UNESCO rallies Culture Ministers and partners to respond to COVID-19’s impact on the culture sector - link


Networks / Alliance of Organisations:

◊  Music organisations and networks: #BetterMusicCities - link

The live performance calls for a joint and proportionate approach to reopening venues and events to audiences via PEARLE* (13 May) - link

Europe’s cultural and creative sectors call for ambitious EU budgetary measures to get through the COVID-19 crisis - link

A message from Simon Brault, Chair of the IFACCA Board, on the COVID-19 crisis - link

European Cultural Foundation and Culture Action Europe: The Future of Culture and Creative sectors in post-COVID-19 Europe - link

Platforma KooperativaPUBLIC STATEMENT on the consequences of crises caused by Coronavirus outbreak for the civil society organisations in the field of culture in South-East Europe - link

◊ CAE position on the post-coronavirus 2021-2027 MFF (29 April) - link

◊ REMA and 28 other cultural networks: Now Europe needs culture and culture needs Europe - link EN FR ES

UCLG: Decalogue for the post COVID-19 era - link

#Culture2030goal Statement on “Culture and the COVID-19 pandemic” - link

HIVOS, DOEN and Prince Claus Fund, Call for solidarity: The crucial role of arts and culture in a time of global crisis - link

#Culture2030goal Statement on “Culture and the COVID-19 pandemic” - link

HIVOS, DOEN and Prince Claus Fund, Call for solidarity: The crucial role of arts and culture in a time of global crisis - link

Via Eurozine: Health, trust and journalism, a coronavirus plan for the media - link

Rescue the arts: plea to national governments by IETM* with Circostrada*, ETC and IN SITU - link

Music sector joints to address national and EU investment to address the current crisis and promote the diversity - link

RES ARTIS - link

European  Theatre Convention: Coronavirus Pandemic: Theatres in Europe Urge Support from EU and Member States - link

IMPALA adopts urgent crisis plan calling for urgent action across Europe - link

Culture Action Europe  and European cultural networks, including On the Move, about the Creative Europe programme (20 March 2020) - link

European Festivals' Association : COVID-19 - Expressing our solidarity towards the festivals - link

Festival for Solidarity (via the Festivals' Academy) - link

ENCATC (the page includes the solidarity statement of ENCATC together with other networks / organisations' networks) - link

Culture Action Europe - link

European Music Council - link

European Cultural Foundation, calling for a culture of solidarity - link

European Theatre Convention - link

NEMO:  COVID-19's impact on the European museum sector - link

PEARLE, FIA* and UNI-MEI for the support of the performing arts sector - link

National Performance Network (USA): statement with resources - link


5. Governmental / public bodies + private organisations: readjustments of existing schemes and/or new funding schemes (at international, European and national levels)

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6. Initiatives (especially online surveys) to gather feedback from different parts of the arts and cultural sector affected by the coronavirus

Please follow this link for this subsection. 


7. Sector-specific information and advice:

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8. Pay the artists / cultural venues / organisations:

Artist Relief Tree - link

France: Documentations: Annulez tout ! Payez tout le monde ! - link (FR) / link (EN)

In Hungary, spectators in solidarity with the artists, waive the reimbursement of their seats - link


9. Some news and initiatives coming from Asia:

India: Performing arts in the hot zone: Covid 19 leaves many artistes gasping for relief - link

We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces. A Chronus Art Center Special Online Exhibition - link

China residencies: information - link

COVID-19 and the arts in Southeast Asia (27 March 2020) - link

Cautious reopening of cultural spaces in East Asia (19 March 2020) - link

The coronavirus is shaking up the world's art market in unexpected ways - link

New Online Platform for Art in Hong Kong (news via ifacca)

ART Power HK launches online activation of art events via Culture360 - link


10. Articles and other resources:

Articles related to arts, the pandemic and the after pandemic: 

◊ Can the Global Art Fair-Industrial Complex Survive COVID-19? - link

◊ BJCEM: Respond, react, evolve., Food for thought on new directions - link

◊ International Arts Management & COVID19: The cultural ecosystem endangered - link

◊ Le virus de la recherche - La recherche face à la crise du Covid-19 - link

Conflict of interests by Claire Cunningham -  link

◊ A chat with Dr Ong Keng Sen: is the digitalisation of the arts a passing trend or here to stay? - link

◊ #voicesfrom collected by Kulturinbewegung - link

◊  The creative economy post Covid-19 (South Africa)  - link

◊  Has Anyone Asked Artists What They Need? - link

◊ An extraordinary festival in an extraordinary year - link

◊ What should we expect from art in the next few years/decades? And what is art, anyway? An article with Carmen Salas, independent curator and producer - link

The cancellation of the Edinburgh festivals has given the city a chance to rethink them - link

Per una nuova ecologia del lavoro - link

Goethe Institut - Days afterthoughts - link

On the Biennales' Ruins, Inhabiting the void, covering the distance by Marco Baravalle - link

‘Politicians Always Profit From Fear’: Ai Weiwei on How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Heighten Political Turmoil, and the Role Artists Should Play - link

Art and Culture After Covid-19 - link

Arts in lockdown: I curated my own three-day online festival. Now it’s over, and I am wrecked - link

Culture and Democracy – A Few Thoughts about the Future of Arts and Culture in Times of Pandemic - link

 Galleries worldwide face 70% income crash due to coronavirus, our survey reveals - link

How Sustainable is the Art World Going Online during COVID-19? - link

 La fragilisation du secteur événementiel invite à un changement de modèle - link

Covid-19 sparks questions about arts in the digital age - link

New mobilities after the lockdown: How about retooling the airline industry? - link

Yuval Noah Harari on COVID-19: 'The biggest danger is not the virus itself' - link

Covid-19 : « Ne nous attendons pas à un après ressemblant à une aube radieuse » - link

Art field in lockdown (via the Flanders Arts Institute) - link

As we turn to creativity in isolation, the coronavirus is a calamity on top of an arts crisis - link

How the music industry can learn from the Covid-19 to become more sustainable - link

The pandemic is a portal by Arundhati Roy - link and video report

Italian artist Chiara Bersani on COVID-19 and disability - link

I Had the Coronavirus. It Made Me Think About How the Art World Recovers - link

Why Covid-19 Might Be Our Chance to Reimagine the Arts - link

The Forgotten Art of Assembly, Or, Why Theatre Makers Should Stop Making - link

Will we relive apartheid-style ‘epidemic expediency’ with the coronavirus? - link

Les artistes d’Afrique de l’Ouest conjurent le coronavirus - link

Where to land after the pandemic? (Bruno Latour's questionnaire) - link

Mobility in the Arts (Africa) - link

Scientists translate coronavirus spike protein into music, revealing more about its structure - link

Artists are getting us through COVID-19. Never question their value again - link

Together we are stronger than the virus - link

What are we saving and why? - link

How Arts organisations can survive a pandemic - link

Social justice in a time of social distancing - link


Resources including on working remotely:

◊ Five Lessons Learnt Facilitating Large Scale Remote Brainstorms - Some updates after recent workshops with IETM and the Leuven arts field (May 2020) - link

21 things we learned from hosting our first online party - link

Comment télétravailler léger - link

Online Tools for Working Remotely via ELIA - link

Howlround* - How to Produce a Livestreamed Event - link

 Public Stack: the alternative internet - link

How to facilitate a remote brainstorm with 60 people? Tips from a remote conference part of the RESHAPE Creative Europe project - link

 Reshaping Zagreb Intensive: How We Switched From Physical to Digital - link


11. Some ideas for when you're stuck at home:

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12. Unlocking venues / audiences

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This list of resources follows the model of other lists focused on migration issues and artistic practices and on Brexit and its impacts on the arts and cultural sector.