A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) examines in detail the event that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the culture and creative sectors.

Moreover, along with the tourism sector, cultural and creative sectors (CCS)1 are among the most affected by the current crisis, with jobs at risk ranging from 0.8 to 5.5% of employment across OECD regions and the effects will be long lasting due to a combination of several factors. The crisis has sharply exposed the structural fragility of some producers in the sector, as cultural and creative sectors are largely composed of micro-firms, non-profit organisations and creative professionals, often operating on the margins of financial sustainability.

The inadequacy of public support schemes ill-adapted to CCS business models and forms of employment and for this reason national and local governments across the globe have introduced multiple measures that support workers and firms in light of COVID-19.

However the cross-overs between culture and education or health sectors can drive future innovation as strategic complementarities can be developed.

Ultimately, cities and regions can take advantage of the creative potential of culture in the post-COVID recovery.

Read and download the full report here: