“[…] A majority of artists and artistic organizations served by the Canada Council for the Arts believe that they will get through the COVID-19 crisis with the support of emergency measures announced by the federal government. But 39 per cent of survey respondents – primarily self-employed artists and smaller organizations that rely on them – say they will need help beyond the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) in order to make it the other side of the pandemic.

Simon Brault, director and chief executive officer of the Canada Council of the Arts, which released the results of the survey on Monday, said the initial measures by the government were helping many in the arts sector – but that performing arts and visual arts, in particular, will need tailored programs designed to keep them from failing as long as theatres and galleries remain closed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. […]”