Spanish Government Announces Relief Package for Arts, Xunta de Galicia Supports Culture With 10 Million Euros

By David Salazar

The Spanish government seems to be taking a proactive approach to revitalizing culture around the country.

Just weeks after the country’s Minister of Culture and Sport announced that he wanted to rescheduled all canceled events, the country has unveiled specific measures it plans to take to revitalize culture in the country.

The government released an official document outlining the next steps it planned to take in order to bring back the dramatic arts and music in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Step one is to provide specific lines of credit with a minimum of 40 million euros. There will be over 38 million euros allocated specifically for the benefit of arts organizations.

There is also a plan to pay artists a percentage of the agreed upon contract prior to any cancelation as a result of the crisis; there is also an indemnification clause of between 3 to 6 percent of the price of the contract.

Additionally, the Council of Culture and Tourism of the Xunta de Galicia has announced that it will allocate around 10 million euros to reactivate the culture sector in the region.

Per a formal announcement the organization is looking to revitalize activities related to musical, audiovisual arts, and dramatic arts, among others.

Numerous Spanish institutions, including the Quincena Musical de San Sebastián and the Festival International de Santander, have decided to move forward with their 2020 festivals. However, not all of them are in the same situation as the Festival Castell de Peralada recently canceled its own 2020 edition.