Monday, December 5

A new delay in the management of European funds for the performing arts puts “the rope around the neck” to the sector

The INAEM does not have the high volume of human resources necessary to manage the aid for the performing arts from the funds of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan corresponding to 2021-2022. For this reason, it has had to extend the procedure for the second time, as reported by this institute dependent on the Ministry of Culture last Wednesday.

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The deadline to resolve the European aid expired on October 24, but the INAEM admits that it is running late not only due to the lack of personnel and the large amount of material that is necessary to handle to evaluate the projects, but also “a series of technical incidents in the electronic headquarters” that have prevented the applicants from providing the documentation that was requested in the corrections and accessing the documentation previously provided.

Now, the deadline for the resolution of the aid has been extended to a maximum of three months, that is, until January 21. For two days, the sector has been worried and upset because the first draft published on Wednesday did not indicate that, with this delay, the deadlines for the execution and justification of subsidized projects would also be moved into the future. Finally this Friday, with the publication of a new informative note, INAEM has indicated that these dates are also delayed by three months. In this way, the execution period would be at the end of March and the presentation of the justification, at the end of May.

“Within what the situation is, it is good news,” says Valeria Cosi, president of the State Federation of Dance Companies and Companies (Feced). The situation to which she refers is that the deadlines are already very tight and that the performing arts sector, made up of small precarious companies with tight budgets, lives in uncertainty.

INAEM sources indicate that the institution will try not to rush the deadline to the maximum and achieve during the first fortnight of November the resolution of this aid package, which is aimed at modernizing work structures, generating employment and developing activities that go beyond the scenic fact, such as the implementation of technological tools or communication on-line. This can be from creating a web page or hiring a person in the company for this type of work.

Second round of aid

There will be a large theater or dance company that can advance the money, but the configuration of the sector is a large number of small companies that live from day to day and cannot carry out a project or a structural improvement without knowing for sure that they will receive the money and that it will arrive in a short term. “We understand the overflow of INAEM and the difficulty of working with few personnel, but we need it to be resolved soon because the sector is paying dearly for it,” adds Cosi. “We are in a situation out of logic,” she adds.

The sector’s concerns are increasing at the prospect of the next batch of aid, which corresponds to 2022 and should be called in December.

Seven platforms that bring together the performing arts sector, both in theater, dance and circus, have sent a letter this Friday to the general director of INAEM, Joan Francesc Marco, and the Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta in which they are reproached for This extension of the term will not be communicated to the applicants for the aid directly, “which is, to say the least, surprising, given the long wait to which they are being subjected and the complex situation in which they have been placed by the unheard-of delay in the processing of these grants”, states the letter. The publication of the extension was not communicated to the associations of the sector previously.

The associations that sign the letter (Acieloabierto, ADGAE, Circo Red, FEECSE, Patea, Red de Teatros Alternativos and FECED) indicate that “aid that was designed to strengthen the structures of the sector should not and cannot become a noose around the neck for them and on top of their precarious economic condition for reasons such as the lack of means and the technical incidents of the Ministry and INAEM”, they point out in their letter to the ministry.