NRW is again awarding Corona aid to artists

From April, NRW will award € 90 million from the Corona rescue package to freelance artists

From April, NRW will award € 90 million from the Corona rescue package to freelance artists

Source: dpa / Robert Michael

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The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is awarding crown aid to artists for the third time: on Thursday the budget and finance committee of the state parliament approved € 90 million from the state crown bailout package, the culture ministry announced .

D.The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia is launching the coveted scholarship program for freelance artists for the third time in order to support them in the crown pandemic. The budget and finance committee of the state parliament approved on Thursday 90 million euros from the state Corona bailout package, as announced by the Ministry of Culture.

The state thus awards a total of 15,000 tax-free scholarships of 6,000 euros each. The funds are available for the first half of 2022 and will be paid in one go. Applications can be submitted from mid-March.

The grants are aimed at freelance and professional artists of all genres with primary residence in North Rhine-Westphalia. Those who have already benefited from the scholarship in the two previous rounds can also apply for the third round. The funds are intended to help carry out projects that have started and to design or implement new projects.

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According to the ministry, around 30,000 scholarships had already been awarded in the first two rounds. Together with the funds from the third round, the state is making a total of € 285 million available for the scholarship program alone.

“The ongoing pandemic continues to make the framework conditions for art and culture in North Rhine-Westphalia more difficult,” said Culture Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (independent). Due to the omicron wave, many events currently can only take place to a limited extent or digitally. The first two rounds of the scholarship program had a great response on the scene.

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