1st Edition

Cultural Industries and the Covid-19 Pandemic A European Focus

Edited By Elisa Salvador, Trilce Navarrete, Andrej Srakar Copyright 2022
    298 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Already dealing with disruptive market forces, the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) faced fundamental challenges resulting from the global health crisis, wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. With catastrophic changes to cultural consumption, cultural organizations are dealing with short-, medium-, and long-term threats to livelihoods under lockdown.

    This book aims at filling the literature gap about the consequences of one of the hardest crises – COVID-19 – severely impacting all the fields of the CCIs. With a focus on European countries and taking into account the evolving and unstable context caused by the pandemic still in progress, this book investigates the first reactions and actual strategies of CCIs’ actors, government bodies, and cultural institutions facing the COVID-19 crisis and the potential consequences of these emergency strategies for the future of the CCIs. Solutions adopted during the repeated lockdowns by CCIs’ actors could originate new forms of cultural consumption and/or new innovative market strategies. This book brings together a constellation of contributors to analyze the cultural sector as it seeks to emerge from this existential challenge.

    The global perspectives presented in this book provide research-based evidence to understand and reflect on an unprecedented period, allowing reflective practitioners to learn and develop from a range of real-world cases. The book will also be of interest to researchers, academics, and students with a particular interest in the management of cultural and creative organizations and crisis management.


    Pierre-Jean Benghozi

    Introduction - The COVID-19 pandemic and the Cultural Industries: emergency strategies and a renewed interest for building a better future?

    Elisa Salvador

    Section 1: Regional and national policies: the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the cultural industries

    1. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Cultural Industries in the EU and in the UK: A Perfect Storm

    Alessandro Giovanni Lamonica and Pierangelo Isernia 

    2. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Cultural Industries in France: Cultural Policy Challenged

    Jean Paul Simon 

    3. The effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the field of Finnish Cultural Industries: revealing and challenging policy structures

    Mervi Luonila, Vappu Renko, Olli Jakonen, Sari Karttunen and Anna Kanerva 

    4. The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Cultural Policy Response in Slovakia

    Zuzana Došeková and Andrej Svorenčík

    Section 2: Cultural workers: resilience and organization during the COVID-19 pandemic 

    5. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Cultural Workers: Fight, Flight or Freeze in Lockdown?

    Beate Elstad, Dag Jansson and Erik Døving 

    6. The COVID-19 Pandemic, Cultural Work and Resilience

    Viktoriya Pisotska and Luca Giustiniano 

    7. The COVID-19 Pandemic, Coworking Spaces and Cultural Events: the case of Italy

    Federica Rossi and Ilaria Mariotti 

    8. Freelance classical musicians in Austria and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Dagmar Abfalter and Sandra Stini 

    9. Artists in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Use of lockdown time, skill development, and audience perceptions in Colombia and Spain

    Javier A. Rodríguez-Camacho, Pedro Rey-Biel, Jeremy C. Young and Mónica Marcell Romero Sánchez

    Section 3: Institutional strategies: first responses in the arts and culture sectors to the strict lockdown of March 2020 

    10. The COVID-19 pandemic and structural change in the museum sector: insights from Italy

    Enrico Bertacchini, Andrea Morelli and Giovanna Segre 

    11. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Cultural Industries in Spain: Early impacts of lockdown

    Raúl Abeledo Sanchis and Guillem Bacete Armengot 

    12. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Cultural Industries in the Nordic Region: Emerging strategies in film and drama productions

    Terje Gaustad and Peter Boot

    13. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Cultural Industries in the Czech Republic

    Marek Prokůpek and Jakub Grosman 

    14. The COVID-19 Pandemic and the European Screen Industry: The role of national screen agencies

    Caitriona Noonan 

    15. Orchestrating Change: The future of orchestras post COVID-19

    John O’Hagan and Karol J. Borowiecki

    Conclusions: The legacy of COVID-19 for the cultural industries

    Trilce Navarrete


    Elisa Salvador is Professor (PhD, HDR) of Innovation and Creativity at ESSCA School of Management, France.

    Trilce Navarrete is Lecturer in Cultural Economics at the Erasmus University, Netherlands.

    Andrej Srakar is Scientific Associate at the Institute for Economic Research (IER) and Assistant Professor of Economics and Business at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    "This edited volume adds diverse case studies to the current literature. Its biggest merits are the focused overview of the cultural industries during the Covid crisis, the coverage of several European countries and the country-specific details." Hye-Kyung Lee, International Journal of Cultural Policy

    "A timely and much needed overview of the state of the cultural and creative industries across Europe in the time of pandemic. The three foci of responses: at the local, labour market and national and institutional levels, provide lucid and detailed new evidence that culture matters more than ever; but sadly, that our information sources are deficient, and policy responses are insufficient. Read it and weep: we must do better!" Andy C Pratt, Professor of Cultural Economy and Director of Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, City, University of London, UK

    "We all missed going to the theatre, a cinema or entering an art gallery, but few outside the industry really understand the depth and breadth of the impact that the Covid pandemic has had on the creative and cultural industries. This volume fills that important void. It presents an insightful, rigorous and heartfelt investigation of the short and longer-term bearing of the pandemic on creative and cultural industries, as well as its people, with a selection of international case studies that provides close up analyses of national responses and policy initiatives, whilst bringing to life a global canvas of adaptation and resilience." Lisa De Propris, Professor of Regional Economic Development and Head of the Business and Labour Economics Group, University of Birmingham, UK