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France's live music industry has appealed for €50 million ($53 million) in state aid, following the Paris terrorist attacks.
Prodiss, France's National Union of Producers, Distributors and Theatres, said that the emergency fund was required to support the live business in the wake of the November 13 attacks that saw 89 people die and 99 people critically injured at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan theatre.
"Directly affected by this national tragedy, our sector today needs the support of all players in our ecosystem, including that of public authorities," said Prodiss in a statement.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, French culture minister Fleur Pellerinreleased €4 million ($6 million) in emergency funding to support promoters, venues and artists. Although Prodiss welcomed the gesture, they said it was not enough to compensate for the "shock-wave" that has hit the local industry.
In the week following the city-wide attacks, which also saw a series of co-ordinated bomb and gun attacks throughout Eastern Paris, ticket sales in the French capital fell by around 80 percent compared to same period the previous year, according to Prodiss. The weekend of Nov. 21-22 saw a slight uplift, but was still 50 percent down year-on-year.
"The mattress to absorb a crisis does not exist,” the organization said. “That is why it is necessary to reassure the profession by increasing the amount [of emergency funding].” It added that the €50 million state aid would be used to cover "the additional resources deployed to secure facilities [and] also to deal with the decline of ticket sales."
Prodiss, which represents 340 companies, spanning venue halls, distributors, festivals and producers, is recommending that its members contribute €1 (just over $1) from each ticket sold in December — traditionally one of the sector's busiest periods – to an assistance fund benefiting victims and the families of those affected by the attacks.
Calling the events of Nov. 13 an attack on "symbols of our lifestyle and youth," Prodiss paid tribute to the audiences that attended concerts and theatre events in the wake of the tragedy and said that "all industry players must now work [together] to help [support] cultural, musical and humorous [events], which are the real proof that we can pick ourselves up and get back life."