During the pandemic, artists and all other professionals working in the sector have been going through an unprecedentedly long period of partial or complete inactivity, which has had a devastating effect on the entire value chain. Moreover, the effects of the second COVID-19 wave are putting the performing arts sector at an even higher risk of devastation. It is imperative to develop a unified European vision for the sector’s recovery and sustainable future. Certain structural issues and challenges faced by the sector across Europe – in various forms and to various extents – would be best addressed at the EU level, complementing measures and programmes undertaken by the EU, and promoting and sharing best practices.
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