In mid-April, before the Senate culture committee, Minister of Culture Frank Riester announced the creation of an Emergency Performance Fund (FUSV) with 5 million euros. The initiative responded to the call from the National Syndicate of Private Theater (SNDTP) asking for financial assistance so that the fabric of private theaters – mostly Parisians -, entrepreneurs of theater shows and live performance companies (theater, dance, circus, street arts, puppets) that are not subsidized cannot be reduced to a frenzy because of the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic. Affected, the sector estimated at the end of April its losses at 63 million euros in turnover, for the first two months of confinement alone.
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By announcing the creation of this fund – managed by the Association for the support of private theater (ASTP) which, via an online platform, centralizes requests – the Minister of Culture had also invited the City of Paris and the local authorities to associate with it.
Voted on May 18, aid from the City of Paris will be capped at 15 million euros
Alongside Adami (Society of services to performers) which provides financial support of € 200,000 to this fund, the City of Paris confirmed its aid in a press release published on Tuesday, May 12. The municipality specifies that this fund “ intended to cover part of the fixed costs excluding payroll (Editor’s note: rents, electricity costs), which persist despite the lack of activity “, And this, in addition “ compensation for partial unemployment or the solidarity fund for companies “
The exact amount of the participation of the City of Paris will be voted and announced on May 18, after the Paris Council. In an interview granted to the Parisian on May 4, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has already mentioned the creation of ” a exceptional aid fund of 15 million euros For all the cultural players affected by the consequences of the epidemic. The FUSV will benefit from part of this 15 million euros, we explain to the cabinet of Christophe Girard, deputy mayor of Paris for culture.
Aid therefore different from the 100 million euros in annual subsidies normally allocated to different Parisian cultural institutions. Payment which, it is specified by this same firm, was anticipated by a few weeks taking into account the exceptional circumstances.