General national economic measures
*small business relief or other financial support
*company tax relief
*income support for employees
*income support for freelance workers
*tax returns and or VAT returns suspended/delayed
The Government has approved a package of measures for companies and workers:
€9.2b was allocated to support companies, with €3bn in credit lines to help with cashflow. (This was re-tooled from an existing SME credit line from 2018, and still carries heavy loan costs to businesses)
€5.2b in tax postponements and deferrals.
€1b in delayed social-security contributions.
Lisbon presented a series of measures to support businesses. Among others:
-Full exemption from rent payments for all commercial establishments in municipal spaces (city council or municipal companies), which are closed, effective until June 30, 2020.
-Full exemption from rent payments for all social, cultural, sporting and recreational institutions installed in municipal spaces until June 30, 2020.
- Suspension of the collection of all fees related to the occupation of public space and advertising to all commercial establishments, with the exception of banks, credit institutions and insurance companies. The fee suspension period started retroactively from March 1, 2020 and ends on June 30, 2020.
- Ensure the implementation of the investment plan for 2020 and subsequent years of the Lisbon Chamber and municipal companies (estimated at 620 million euros), as a way of strengthening the public service, supporting employment, and preserving productive capacity.
- Creation of a support team for micro, small and medium-sized companies (Lisboa Empreende).
- Creation of a marketplace that joins the needs of companies, institutions and municipalities, with the skills and offers of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lisbon. Enable startups to continue to function by developing technological solutions to today's challenges.
- Ensure cultural agents' full payment for contracts already signed, namely by EGEAC, by recalendarising their adaptation schedules for online transmission to reinforce support for the entity's structure.
- Accelerate payment to cultural entities in the city that are already receiving support, with a view to supporting the maintenance of the respective operating structures.
- Expansion of the support system to agents and activities in the cultural sector that are currently not covered by municipal support, namely through the Emergency Fund
More information here.
National measures specific to the music sector or to culture in general
-The various measures already approved by the Government also apply to the culture sector. To assist in clarifying all issues related to the applicability of these measures in the arts and culture sector, a website directed to culture was created (www.culturacovid19.gov.pt) and an email for requests for further clarification (firstname.lastname@example.org). Unfortunately, some of the above-mentioned measures will be difficult to apply to small music labels with Manager-Owners structures falling outside the scope of the social security support mechanisms.
-On top of the general measures, the government created an emergency line to support the arts for an additional €1m. It aims to support artistic creation among the most vulnerable artistic entities and artists in the areas of performing arts, visual arts and disciplinary crossing. Legal persons and individuals who are not currently supported by the State, in particular by DGARTES, are eligible for this support. However, this support is aimed at creation projects (ex. theatre plays) and labels have been told they cannot apply for blanket support to be divided among its artists.
Projects that may be supported through this emergency line can be carried out by the end of December 2020, without prejudice to any extension of the deadline;
Updated information from the Ministry here.
See above under “general economic measures”, some measures taken by Lisbon apply to the cultural sector.
The Portuguese government launched the first phase of its lockdown exist strategy on 4th May with small shops being allowed to reopen, including bookstores and libraries. On 18th May, for the second phase, larger shops and museums were allowed to reopen. The third phase allowed most cinemas, theatres and other cultural venues to reopen across most of the country from 1st June but with capacity restrictions.
Measures taken by local collecting society organisations
-As a first response, GDA, the Artists’ Society, and Audiogest, the Producers’ society, announced a legal helpdesk for artists and labels to navigate the complex procedures with regards to governmental support.
-GDA, the Portuguese management organisation of artists’ (including performers) rights launched a plan to Support Artists - AARTE , which comprises the creation of an Emergency Fund, in the global amount of € 1,000,000.00 (one million euros): https://www.gda.pt/pt/gda/noticias/arquivo/linha-de-emergencia-da-gda-arranca-com-o-apoio-cartao-de-com.
-Authors’ collecting society SPA set up a €100,000 a solidarity fund. It is also offering advances on royalty payments to cooperator members (potentially ruling out beneficiaries, who account for the vast majority of members). More information here.
Other music funds available
The Gulbenkian foundation launched a €5m Emergency Fund which spans five areas: Health, Science, Civil Society, Education and Culture.
As regards the cultural and artistic sector, emergency support is given to artists or artistic production entities that have seen their projects cancelled or in areas to which the Foundation commonly attributes support in the form of the partial subsidy of lost earnings and contributing towards meeting living costs. Generally speaking this means classical music, but local independent music association AMAEI is awaiting results from applications from some of its members to this fund.
The foundation is also giving more flexibility to supports either already granted or undergoing approval, including their redefinition and rescheduling, so as to guarantee the survival of the productive structures most affected.
More information here.
Support from online services
Some online/streaming festivals, but no financial support.
Level: UP Distribution has applied for support for the Wash Your Hands Say Yeah online festival via the DGartes/GEPAC Emergency Fund.
For more initiatives by online services, click here.
Support from national radio and other media
New radio station playitsafe.pt programmes some live concerts and interviews to support emerging artists: https://www.playitsafe.pt
Social media campaign to promote music during the crisis
Instagram: "Festival Eu Fico em Casa" - I'm staying at home - with live concerts. https://www.instagram.com/festivaleuficoemcasa/
Facebook: “Wash Your Hands Say Yeah” Festival with love concerts:
Local programmes supported by EU funds covering music
None so far.
Business and other expected losses
Still under evaluation.
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