German Minister of Culture Proposes to Pay Artists Percentage of Some Fees From COVID-19 Cancelations

By David Salazar

Germany’s Minister of Culture Monika Grütters has put into plan a means of helping artists receive a percentage of the payment from prior contracts.

Per the governments own statements, cultural institutions funded by the federal government will pay artists up to 60 percent of their fee as a cancelation fee if the event they were contracted for was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the caveat states that the contract must have concluded by March 15. The maximum limit paid would be 2,500 euros.

This is the latest step that the German government has taken in aiding artists.

A week ago, the government proposed providing solo self-employed persons, individual artists, and micro-enterprises with up to five employees with one-off payments of 9,000 for three months, among other stipulations.

Days earlier, several artists, including René Pape and Matthias Goerne, wrote an open letter to Grütters asking her and the government at large to show support for artists.