MAJORITY OF CULTURAL AGENTS FEAR SUBSTANTIAL LOSS OF INCOME DUE TO COVID, REPORT REVEALS
The impact of COVID-19 has been felt mainly in the second quarter of 2020. As many as 75% of Valencian cultural agents fear substantial losses, according to a report produced by the Culture Economy research group of Valencia University (Econcult), headed by professor Raúl Abeledo.
The main goals of the report, explains Abeledo, “are the analysis of both the impact in the short and medium term of COVID-19 on the cultural sector of the Valencian Community and the study of the different adaptation strategies developed by cultural agents, as well as an assessment of the role fulfilled by public aid and the identification of proposals that emerged from the cultural organisations themselves to overcome this crisis.”
The main source of information that has made it possible to conduct the quantitative analysis of the current situation has ben the design of a detailed questionnaire produced by Econcult. This questionnaire was available from 16 April to 17 May of 2020, and received a total 410 responses from organisations and Valencian cultural agents.
The report originates in an Econcult initiative in the framework of the European “Chebec” Interreg MED project, whose goal is to boost the strategies for the internationalisation of the cultural agents and organisations in the Mediterranean regions (https://chebec.interreg-med.eu/). Together with Raúl Abeledo, researchers María Sendra and Guillem Bacete participated in its creation, as well as documentalist Fernando Álvarez.