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IMPALA launches website to map COVID-19 support for music sector across Europe

By | Published on Thursday 9 April 2020


Following the publication of its ten point COVID-19 crisis plan last month, IMPALA has now launched a new website offering an overview of action being taken across Europe to address the impact of the pandemic on the music sector.

The pan-European indie label trade body’s mapping research finds that most European governments have now implemented some sort of economic response to the COVID-19 crisis. However, it says, there are large discrepancies between countries. In many places music companies are not eligible for general support schemes, and there is still a lack of specific support for the music community from the EU and most European governments.

“The aim of our mapping is to promote best practices and co-ordination in Europe”, says Francesca Trainini, Chair of IMPALA and its Covid-19 Taskforce. “We want to see artists and freelance workers preserve their livelihood, and independent music companies stay in business and continue investing”.

IMPALA’s Executive Chair Helen Smith adds: “Many countries need to do more, in particular as regards specific action for music and culture. As well as EU and national measures, our mapping focuses on action taken by collecting societies, digital services and national media. This is a key part of our crisis plan where we expect to see further developments”.

You can peruse IMPALA’s COVID-19 website here.