Information Update on Measures for Cultural and Creative Sectors Affected by COVID-19 Outbreak

Date

2020 05 07

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 No.

 Adopted measures

Planned funds, sources 

Implementing institution 

Status of implementation, special requirements 

 Specific measures for cultural and creative sectors     

 1. 

Creative downtime payments for artists.

Granted for 3 months, EUR 607 / monthly   

Extra funds EUR 2 million, Economic Stimulus and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan

(Government Decision 29/4/20 No. 439)  

The Ministry of Culture

http://lrkm.lrv.lt/  

Under implementation.

Natural persons with the status of art creator may apply  

 2. 

Individual grants for artists and culture professionals.

Granted for 3 months, EUR 600 / monthly 

Redistributed funds

EUR 600 000, Culture Support Fund 

Lithuanian Council for Culture

https://www.ltkt.lt

Under implementation.

Natural persons with no status of art creator may apply 

 3. 

One-off payments for self-employed artists; the size of payment depends proportionally on the size of revenue loss due to the emergency and quarantine, EUR 600 (up to 42% of the programme), EUR 1200 (up to 29% of the programme) or EUR 1800 (up to 29% of the programme), respectively 

Redistributed funds

EUR 750 000,

Compensatory remuneration for the reproduction of works for private use, by agreement with copyright and related rights associations 

Lithuanian Council for Culture

https://www.ltkt.lt 

Under implementation.

Natural persons carrying out activities under individual activity certificate, which must be registered no later than in 1/7/2019 and active until at least 16/3/2020, may apply  

 

 

 4. 

New Programme “Development of new products and / or services of cultural and arts organizations”

1. adaptation of cultural products and services to the digital environment;

2. development of new cultural products and / or services adapted to the changed circumstances of cultural consumption during and after the quarantine period;

3. activities ensuring employment of artists;

4. cooperation with other organizations, ensuring activities of artists and / or access to their services.  

Extra funds

EUR 3 million,

Economic Stimulus and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan.

(Government Decision 22/4/20 No. 412) 

 

 Lithuanian Council for Culture

https://www.ltkt.lt 

In preparation.

Will be open to all cultural organizations, private and public. 

 5. 

Support for film industry: grants to filmmakers, support for cinemas, film production and distribution. 

Extra funds

EUR 3,4 million,

Economic Stimulus and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan 

(Government Decision 22/4/20 No. 412) 

 

Lithuanian Film Centre under the Ministry of Culture

http://www.lkc.lt 

Under implementation 

 6. 

Acquisition of library collections – purchase of books and printed material. 

Extra funds

EUR 1,7 million,

Economic Stimulus and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan 

The Ministry of Culture

http://lrkm.lrv.lt

 In preparation 

 7. 

Long-term measures for the development of cultural and creative sectors 

Extra funds

EUR 13,6 million,

Economic Stimulus and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan 

Lithuanian Council for Culture

https://www.ltkt.lt 

In preparation 

 8. 

Renewal of the infrastructure of the cultural organizations under the Ministry of Culture 

Extra funds

EUR 18,3 million,

Economic Stimulus and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan 

The Ministry of Culture

http://lrkm.lrv.lt/ 

In preparation 

 9. 

Renewal of the infrastructure of municipal cultural organizations and acquisition of equipment 

Extra funds

EUR 25 million,

Economic Stimulus and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mitigation Plan 

The Ministry of Culture

http://lrkm.lrv.lt

In preparation 

 10. 

Law on the effects of the quarantine in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus infection) on the implementation of the contracts for the provision of events organization services

https://e-seimas.lrs.lt/portal/legalAct/lt/TAD/3caf53038f9a11eaa51db668f0092944?jfwid=j4ag08j7

(Adoption by the Parliament 30/4/20 No. XIII-2876) 

Main provisions:

Where the event does not take place due to prohibitions imposed during quarantine (during the period of prohibitions established during quarantine and

within a period of 3 months from the lifting of the quarantine prohibitions which have made it impossible or significantly more difficult to organize the events), the service provider shall have the right to set a later date for the event within 30 days of the lifting of that prohibition.

The event must take place within a reasonable time from the original date of the event, but no later than 12 months after the lifting of the quarantine prohibitions that have made it impossible or significantly more difficult to organize the event. In this case, the service provider is not entitled to charge the consumer any additional fees.

The consumer shall have the right to notify the service provider no later than 60 days after the service provider announces the later date of the event that he does not agree with the later date set by the service provider. In this case the service provider shall reimburse no later than within 30 days from the date of receipt of the consumer notification by providing the consumer with a coupon of at least the amount paid for the ticket without any additional charges. With the coupon, the consumer can pay for the ticket price or part of the ticket price for future events organized by the same service provider.

If the consumer does not pay the ticket price or part of the ticket price for future events organized by the same service provider with the coupon within 12 months from the date of issue of the coupon, he shall request the service provider no later than 14 days after the expiry of this period for the return of money equal to the value of the coupon.

Where the provider does not set a later date for the event, the consumer shall have the right to demand that the service provider reimburses the consumer for the ticket price no later than 14 days after the end of the period of exercise of the service provider's right.  

General measures relevant for the cultural and creative sectors 

 1. 

The State Tax Inspectorate has announced a list of companies most affected by COVID-19. Affected companies that have accumulated taxes before the end of the emergency and for two months after that, will be automatically, without request, exempted from default interest and no tax recovery actions will be initiated. 

 

State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance

https://www.vmi.lt/cms/informacija-verslui-del-covid-19 

Under implementation 

 2. 

Self-employed residents whose economic activity is included

in the list of economic activities most affected by COVID-19 and who accumulated taxes from March 16 until the end of the emergency and two months after that, will be automatically, without request, exempted from default interest and no tax recovery actions will be initiated. 

 

State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance

https://www.vmi.lt/cms/vykdantiems-individualia-veikla1 

Under implementation 

 3. 

Compensation of loan interest 100%; partial compensation of rent;

state funded soft loans; guarantees for the financial services provided by financial institutions. 

 

 

INVEGA

https://invega.lt/en/covid-2019/financial-measures-business-covid-19-crisis/ 

Under implementation 

 4. 

Subsidies for employers to maintain jobs: 

90% of the employee’s accrued salary but not more than EUR 607 gross or 70% of the employee’s accrued salary but not more than EUR 910.5 gross. 

 

Employment Services under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour

https://uzt.lt/en 

 Under implementation 

 5. 

Flat-rate allowance of EUR 257 per month for self-employed persons who do not have employment relationship and do not receive work-related income. 

 

Employment Services under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour

https://uzt.lt/en 

Under implementation