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Cultural Industries and the Covid-19 Pandemic
A European Focus

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December 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Already dealing with disruptive market forces, the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) faced fundamental challenges resulting from global health crisis, wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. With catastrophic changes to cultural consumption, cultural organisations 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 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. Creative solutions adopted facing the repeated lockdowns could reveal beneficial also after the crisis and could originate new forms of cultural consumption or innovative market strategies. This book brings together a constellation of contributors to analyse 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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.


"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