General national economic measures
*small business relief or other financial support
*company tax relief
*income support for employees
*lower interest rates (general)
*employer social security payment holiday
*tax returns and or VAT returns suspended/delayed
The Croatian government adopted 30 bln kuna (3.9 bln euro) package to support coronavirus-hit economy on 19th March. The measures include deferral of payment of income and profit tax, social, health and pension contributions by three months, with an option to be postponed by a further three months. The government will also finance 100% of the costs related to the payment of minimum net wages if companies do not lay off workers
The state-owned development bank HBOR and commercial banks committed to freeze and delay loan repayments, as well as to provide financing for working capital and for restructuring of existing loans.
After first round of measures in March, the government introduced a wider range of measures at the beginning of April that are open to more small businesses. The measures vary depending on the income loss compared with the same period the year before.
When the company earned 50% less compared to last year, it doesn’t have to pay taxes added to each salary. When the loss is between 20-50% of what was earned last year, it gets a tax suspension for next 3 months. This measure is for small businesses only that have a yearly income of less than 1M euro. All employees who work for the companies that are entitled to these measures get a 500 euros minimum wage secured from national budget.
Self-employed artists can be included upon certain conditions.
More info about the second package here.
National measures specific to the music sector or to culture in general
None for the moment
Measures taken by local collecting society organisations
HDS Solidarity fund: here
HDS ZAMP provided public lending fees to more than 1500 writers, translators and illustrators: here
A fund for music shops has also been created.
HUZIP, the Croatian performers’ association has set up some measures to help its most affected members: https://www.huzip.hr/index.php?opt=item&act=blog&id=2&lang=hr
Other music fund available
There are only social funds from performers unions at the moment and advances for performers depending on their yearly income.
Croatian Employment Service (CES) assistance to for entrepreneurs and independents from the cultural and creative sectors: here
Assistance from the Croatian Music Union: here
Support from online services
No specific support for Croatia so far. For more initiatives by online services, click here.
Support from national radio and other media
From 125 radio stations in Croatia, 90 already increased their airplay of local artists music.
Social media and other campaigns to promote music during the crisis
Appeal for electronic media for more airplay of local artists: https://hdu.hr/2020/03/18/apel-radijskim-i-televizijskim-postajama-i-medijima-slusajmo-hrvatsko
Quarantine sessions: #karantenasessions: https://mixer.hr/koncerti-na-daljinu-karantenasessions-svakodnevno-donosi-val-optimizma-dobre-energije-i-zdrave-zabave/
Music against panic. Stay home. Listen local music. Streaming concerts from homes and others.
Local programmes supported by EU funds covering music
According to the Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, the European Commission is enabling the use of 174 million euro of liquid funds, which Croatia will use to make faster payments on projects co-financed by the EU. See here.
Business and other expected losses
Losses are already very important in the live sector. Layoffs and less income from neighbouring rights ican also be expected next year as a result of crisis.
A survey is being developed jointly by RUNDA, the association of music independents for the Balksn, the Croatian Discofgraphic Union and Zapraf (Collective society) to see assess the loss. (see here).