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COVID-19 causes severe shock to US cultural and arts organizations

Chinaculture.org | Updated: 2020-04-10 13:30

A man reads a book as he walks past the closed Metropolitan Museum of Art on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City, March 25, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

The novel coronavirus outbreak in the US has led to a $4.5 billion impact on the country's arts and cultural organizations, according to the COVID-19 Impact Survey conducted by Americans for the Arts, a US nonprofit.

Ninety four percent of the 11,000 surveyed organizations cancelled all the scheduled performances, exhibitions and lectures, losing around 55 million audience members. Thirty seven percent of them reported severe financial loss.

The National Museum of American History, which is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, is seen in Washington, March 14, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

To survive this difficult time, organizations have decided to reduce payroll, staff strength and increase online presence – live streaming performances, enhanced access to online experiences.

This ongoing survey aims to capture the latest results of coronavirus-related economic impact reports from artists, arts organizations, and arts agencies of all types, genres, sizes, and tax statuses.

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