The Ministry of Culture reaffirmed in a press release on May 15 that it will seek more appropriation from government's relief fund and try its best to provide necessary assistance to workers of all segments of cultural and creative industries, in response of Executive Yuan's announcement on May 15 that Taipei and New Taipei City will raise the pandemic restrictions to Level 3 and cinemas, exhibition halls and other cultural establishments will be closed until May 28.
The MOC on May 14 announced a "specific subsidy program" for workers and groups of arts and creative industries. However, arts and cultural associations and some art troupes and individuals jointly made an appeal to the ministry for a more comprehensive program in view that the "specific subsidy program" is inadequate because not all segments of cultural and creative industries are covered and individual workers have no application channels.
The MOC said that it will make its best effort to assist the cultural and creative industries in line with the government’s pandemic relief measures and revitalization policies.
The MOC stated that since a draft bill to expand a COVID-19 stimulus package, increasing its spending limit from NT$420 billion to NT$630 billion and extending it to June 30 next year, is still pending legislative review, the MOC will check the ministry’s budget for the year and set aside special subsidies to arts and cultural establishments and related workers suffering losses due to pandemic restrictions from May 11 to June 8.
The MOC emphasized that this "specific subsidy program" is specifically for activities, such as performances or film screenings by performing groups or individual workshops, which are cancelled, postponed, or ordered to reduce the number of audience to cope with the pandemic prevention measures.
The MOC stated that in addition to promptly implement the "specific subsidy program," it will also cope with the Executive Yuan's relief practices to launch various plans for the third arts relief program.
The MOC emphasized that having implemented two arts relief programs in 2020, the ministry deeply understands the impact felt by arts workers of various sectors, and hence it will cope with the Executive Yuan to implement the third arts relief program at the earliest date possible so as to help workers of cultural and creative industries to weather through the difficulties.