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The program is intended to provide new impulses for cultural activities that find their audience even in times of restricted contact. The state awards working grants, for example: Artists and ensembles can receive a one-time payment of 2,000 euros to get new artistic work off the ground. Cultural institutions, arthouse cinemas and associations also receive financial support to ensure their livelihood and continue their work. An investment program of one million euros is intended to expand the digital infrastructure and work with new media in the cultural scene.
“The corona pandemic poses special challenges for art and culture. But it is precisely in a crisis that we need culture: it supports democracy and opinion-forming and enriches social interaction. It is only on this basis that we can secure a society today that will continue to be there for everyone in the future, ”said Prime Minister Malu Dreyer. “With the 6-point program, we are strengthening the culture in our country and supporting cultural work under the new framework conditions. The cultural scene should be able to creatively deal with the effects of the pandemic and reinvent itself in the process. "
The central component of the cultural program is the 7.5 million euro scholarship program. From mid-May, cultural workers can receive work grants of 2,000 euros each. Artists from the cultural and artistic sectors who are members of the Artists' Social Fund and have their first place of residence in Rhineland-Palatinate can receive this funding. The country is creating a digital showcase in which the results of these work grants are presented. This gives the artists the opportunity to perform and present their works even during the corona pandemic. The scholarships can be applied for from May 15, 2020. An online form is available for this at www.fokuskultur-rlp.de.
So that the cultural institutions in Rhineland-Palatinate supported by the state can continue their work in the course of the easing of the shutdown, the state provides support of 4.5 million euros. The state government would like to secure the existence of the institutions, such as the socio-cultural centers, and support the adaptation of their own cultural programs to the current framework conditions. The culturally significant art house cinemas receive funding, for example to switch the offers to open-air events and drive-in cinema formats. Half a million euros are earmarked for them. Cultural associations have the option of supporting them in emergencies through the state program "Schutzschirm Vereine in Not". The Ministry of Culture is making two million euros available for this.
In order to strengthen the presentation of cultural creation on the Internet and artistic work with new media, the state government is launching an investment program amounting to one million euros. Cultural institutions, cultural institutions and those involved in the arts can receive grants of between 1,000 and 10,000 euros to build or improve their digital infrastructure.
“With our 6-point program, we want to create a good foundation and set new impulses for the cultural scene. In addition, we will work to ensure that individual lessons and small groups are possible again at music schools and that museums are given a perspective for reopening depending on the infection rate and submitting a hygiene concept. The Rhineland-Palatinate state government will contribute something to the talks between the federal government and the states, ”said Minister of Culture Konrad Wolf.
The Minister of Culture also announced that the Rhineland-Palatinate cultural summer would begin its activities under the new conditions as soon as possible. The Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Summer 2020 will start with a drive-in cinema event prepared at short notice from May 14th to May 18th on the Pfingstwiese in Bad Kreuznach, in which some well-known artists from Rhineland-Palatinate and beyond will also be live if a protection concept is adhered to will contribute. Some cultural summer festivals will offer a fully digitized program in 2020. Others, such as the Festival of German Films in Ludwigshafen, will not take place as planned, but are announcing new digital formats for their audiences.
“Even if some events take place, that is only a small part of what was planned for this year's cultural summer. Therefore, the motto 'Compass Europe: Northern Lights' will be called up again in the coming year. The opening event in Zweibrücken, which has already been planned for the second weekend in May, will be postponed by one year. So it will take place there in 2021, ”said Minister of Culture Wolf.
The program “In Focus: 6 Points for Culture” supplements the emergency aid measures of the federal government and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The Minister of Culture emphasizes: “Dealing with the corona pandemic in culture is a task for society as a whole for the federal and state governments. Necessary improvements such as the recognition of the entrepreneur's wages in the emergency aid from the federal government are essential. We also need a cultural stimulus program from the federal and state governments, as we have now presented as the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. We have to work on this together over the next few weeks. "
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