Secure a future for cultural life in Europe | Open Letter

Following the open letter published by more than 110 pan-European networks on 30 October 2020 “Make culture central in the EU recovery”, the group comes together again to reiterate their call to the national governments and the European Commission.

In the second open letter published by the group, coordinated by Culture Action Europe, the European cultural community call on the Member States and the European Commission to secure a future for culture and cultural life in Europe.

Culture must be included in each and every National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) that EU countries should present to the European Commission before the 30 April deadline. The representatives of the European cultural ecosystem urge governments to dedicate at least 2% of the Recovery Fund to culture and put culture as a priority sector when using funds from Next Generation EU. In addition, 110 cultural networks call on the Member States to engage with the representatives of their cultural communities and civil society organisations in the design and implementation of the NRRPs. “Long-term structural support to rebuild the European cultural ecosystem needs to be co-developed, involving all relevant stakeholders, both public and private”, – reads the letter.

Ensuring that culture is explicitly included in the NRRPs will help secure both the future of the sector and its important contribution to Europe’s future. Reinvigorating the cultural ecosystem not only offers hope to millions of workers who saw their jobs endangered by the pandemic, it can also create new meaning and purpose to all Europeans and the European project.

Read the open letter here.

Signatories :

Amateo | Animation Europe | Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) | Arena Resilience Alliance | Arty Farty | Association des Centres Culturels de Rencontre (ACCR) | Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC) | Association of European Performers’ Organisations (AEPOARTIS) | Association of European Radios (AER) | b.creative | Barcelona Festival of Song | Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs de l’Europe et de la Mediterranée (BJCEM) | Centre Européen de Musique | Centre for Fine Arts Brussels (BOZAR) | Centre of the Picture Industry (CEPIC) | CineRegio AISBL (regional film & AV funds) | Circostrada Network | Coalitions Européennes pour la Diversité Culturelle (CEDC) | Confédération internationale des cinémas d’art et d’essai (CICAE) | Culture Action Europe (CAE) | DE CONCERT ! | Eidgenössischer Orchesterverband (Switzerland) | ELIA – globally connected European network for higher art education | ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) | EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) | Eurocinema | Europa Cinemas | Europa Distribution – The European Network of Independent Film Publishers and Distributors | Europa Nostra | Europavox | Europe Jazz Network (EJN) | European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) | European Arenas Association | European Association of Archaeologists | European Audiovisual Production Association (CEPI) | European Choral Association – Europa Cantat | European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) | European Council of Associations of Literary Translators (CEATL) European | Creative Business Network (ECBN) | European Cultural Foundation (ECF) | European Dancehouse Network (EDN) | European Fashion Heritage Association (EFHA) | European Federation of Fortified Sites (EFFORTS) | European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) | European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO) | European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (FEDEC) | European Festivals Association (EFA) | European Folk Network (EFN) | European Games Developer Federation (EGDF) | European Grouping of Authors’ Societies (GESAC) | European Music Council (EMC) | European Music Exporters Exchange (EMEE) | European Music School Union (EMU) | European Network for Opera and Dance Education (RESEO) | European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENCATC) | European Orchestra Federation (EOFed) | European Publishers Council (EPC) | European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) | European Theatre Convention (ETC) | European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) | European Visual Artists (EVA) | Europeana Foundation | Europeana Network Association | Eurozine – European Network of Cultural Journals | Federation of European Publishers/Fédération des éditeurs européens (FEP-FEE) | Federation of European Screen Directors (FERA) | Federation of Screenwriters in Europe | Freemuse | Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) | Hungarian Composers’ Union | Hungarian Music Council | IAA Europe | IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts | IMPALA – European association of independent music companies | IN SITU – European platform for artistic creation in public spaces | Independent Music Publishers International Forum (IMPF) | Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE) | International Artist Organisation of Music (IAO) | International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) | International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) | International Federation of Actors (FIA) | International Federation of Film Distributors’ Associations (FIAD) | International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) | International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) | International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) | International Music + Media Centre (IMZ) | International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) | International Video Federation (IVF) | Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) | KIDS Regio | Literature Across Frontiers (LAF) | Live DMA | Liveurope – the live music platform for new European talent | Michael Culture Association | NAMM International (National Association of Music Merchants) | NEMO – The Network of European Museum Organisations | News Media Europe | Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Secretariat (NDCP) | On the Move (OTM) | Opera Europa | Pearle* – Live Performance Europe | Polish Music Council (PMC) | REMA – Early Music in Europe | Res Artis | SEE (South-east European) Heritage Network | Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) | Tenso Network Europe | The European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) | The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) | Trans Europe Halles (TEH) | UNI Global Union – Media, Entertainment & Arts (UNI MEI) | We are Europe | Yourope – The European Festival Association

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