The CoV crisis also has an impact on the styriarte: the Easter festival Psalm had to be canceled as well as concerts by the orchestra recreation. An aid fund has now been set up for those artists who lose their fees as a result.
Around 15,000 euros have already been earned in the first ten days. The money comes primarily from tickets sold that, despite the concert being canceled, were not returned and went to the fund; in addition there were almost 1,400 euros in donations.
Donations are still requested to the following account:
- IBAN AT16 1952 0000 0065 6611
- Recipient: Steirische Kulturveranstaltungen GmbH
- Purpose: “Artist Aid Fund”.
“We have a lot of free musicians, which makes the performances so fresh and beautiful, but now leads to problems,” says artistic director Mathis Huber – the decision was therefore taken to set up an aid fund “until the state aid comes into effect”.
Many did not return their cards
So far, the money has mainly come from ticket sales at the Easter Festival: “We have invited our guests to leave their money for the tickets with us,” says the director. Around a third agreed to this, some paid additional money into the donation account.
First of all, especially for the orchestra recreation
The sum was mainly made available to members of the recreation orchestra. Within the orchestra there was “another act of exceptional solidarity. Those musicians who are reasonably protected despite the crisis have passed on their share to those who really have existential hardships due to the lack of concerts, ”says Huber. At least 75 to 77 percent of their fee could be transferred to those who urgently need it.
“Now, after the recreation musicians of the March concerts, we will compensate the artists of Psalm – whose projects we want to catch up on later – according to the funds available until mid-April, and then it will continue as long as the money lasts,” Mathis Huber says about the next steps.