To all those involved in the cultural and artistic sectors:
This is Mayor HAYASHI Fumiko.
The City of Yokohama is moving ahead on "new measures to mitigate the effects of the new coronavirus on daily life and the economy" with its largest ever supplementary budget of 574.3 billion yen.
Preventing the spread of new coronavirus infections has taken awaymany opportunities for cultural activities and artistic expression.To support the artistic and cultural sectors so impacted by this crisis, urgent support measures are being prepared to help them resume their work and business.
First, a temporary consultation service for culture and the arts, called "YES!", it is will be established on May 20.
Tax accountants, various experts, and experienced consultants will offer free online consultation. The various hurdles to resuming activity will be addressed attentively, and users connected with Yokohama' s unique range of support systems, as well as national and regional programs.
In addition, the city will provide grants of up to 300,000 yen to professionals in the cultural and artistic sectors to realize projects achievable under the current conditions, such preparations for resuming performances and activities or the creation of new works of art. Applications are welcome starting May 28.
The city will also provide grants of up to 700,000 yen for the distribution of video content of music and other performances in empty venues.
Featuring the work of top artists connected to Yokohama, the "Arts Festival Virtual Edition" will be held to deliver powerful images using the latest technology.
As we face these difficult circumstances, we appreciate culture and the arts and their crucial power to provide comfort,
give us courage, and inspire us.
Yokohama is a creative city of art and culture with many active artists. We will do our best to support the artists who have shaped the city' s cultural and artistic fields, and to help them enrich our lives again as soon as possible.
Help us overcome this challenge together.