The Culture and Creative Sector (CCS) has a strong case for special treatment. Artistic institutions are more than businesses which employ more than 8.7 million people in the EU (EUROSTAT cultural statistics, 2019). They add well-being and are engines of collective – sense. Public health restrictions undermine with dramatic consequences the economic model of the CCS. Reassuringly all EU Member States have taken policy measures to mitigate the impact of the lock-down on CCS.

After several weeks of data gathering, KEA unveils one of the first interactive visualizations on national measures to mitigate the COVID-19 impact on CCS.  The map clearly shows the types of measures implemented across sub-sectors and the popularity of such measures versus others (notably grants vs loans). The map also shows that some efforts remain to be done to ensure better social protection to freelancers and self-employed (with only 17 countries implementing specific measures).  

The interactive visualization of the policy response across EU27 is available here. For more information please consult