Estonia to support freelancers in creative industries during crisis

  • 2020-04-27
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - During the present time of crisis, the state is also supporting freelancers in cultural and creative industries as well as theaters that have thus far not received public support, Estonian Minister of Culture Tonis Lukas said.

Lukas noted that the total volume of the support program for the cultural sphere is 25 million euros, of which 5.2 million is allocated as aid for individuals mainly through the system of creative activity support for freelancers.

The minister added that the goal of the additional allocation is to cover as broad a range of cultural spheres as possible. 

"We are also helping out the support structures in our value chain, for example those who bring theater productions and concerts to us in the fields of performing arts and music," he said. 

Lukas said that a total of six million euros will be distributed equally between museums, both national and private, to compensate their loss of revenue. 

"As for theaters, all forms of ownership will likewise be supported, which means that funds will also be allocated to those theaters that are operating without state support under ordinary circumstances," Lukas said.

Altogether four million euros will be granted to theaters and the music  sector each.

"We're trying to help out everyone," the minister added.

The state is also shouldering the burden in the resumption of film production, publishing and design activities, and in strengthening the cultural program of public broadcaster ERR.

"Support in the area of sport will go to those who have had their league matches cancelled as well as to all sports associations, organizers of mass sports events and national sports organizations, Lukas said.

The government last Friday also decided to support the infrastructure of sports clubs.

Applications for support are accepted as rapidly as possible, the period for submitting applications is seven days in each round. The processing of applications will take another seven days, and the state intends to start making larger payouts in mid-May.