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