The Ministry of Culture's "Arts Relief 4.0" application for individuals and businesses can now be filed online. MOC said that the government’s relief efforts will be based on three principles - speeding up assistance for individuals, strengthening relief for industries, and increasing the amount of loans. It will also expedite and simplify the approval process of applications, to help the arts and cultural sector weather the impact of COVID-19.
For individuals who have received subsides under the "Arts Relief 1.0" and "Arts Relief 2.0" programs, the ministry has reviewed those who comply with the regulations and paid out the cash subsidy of NT30,000 on June 4. According to MOC, 8845 individuals have received the subsidy, totaling NT$260 million.
MOC pointed out that, for individuals who are self-employed or without fixed employers, regardless of whether they are eligible for labor insurance, can apply for the NT$30,000 aid. MOC will review production or other sunk costs as submitted by applicants and increase the subsidy amount accordingly, for a maximum total of NT$60,000 per person.
To simplify the approval process of applications, applicants should submit relevant work documents or contract to show how they have been impacted by the pandemic. Besides a copy of the contract, applicants can also attach proof of communication such as email, messages or certificate issued by the entrusting unit.
Business applicants, including performing art troupes, museums, cinema operators, can apply under three different categories that aim to subsidize workers’ salaries and companies’ operational costs, capped at NT$2.5 million.
MOC added that the applications for individuals and businesses will end on July 12, 2021, and Aug. 31, 2021, respectively. To speed up the funding approval process, MOC recommends applicants to apply online and the applications will be processed on “first come first serve” basis.