Paris Music Venues Seek Government Bailout In Wake Of Attacks

(Classic Rock) The union representing live venues across Paris have asked the French government for further financial aid to keep the industry afloat. Prodiss, the National Union Of Producers, Distributors And Theatres, report that ticket sales have slumped by 80% in the city compared to the same period in 2014 due to the terror attacks on November 13 which left 130 people dead.

They're now seeking 50 million in emergency aid to stop many venues from going under. And while France's culture minister Fleur Pellerin has previously set aside 4m to help the industry, the union insist it's not enough.

They say in a statement: "The implementation of this emergency fund is essential. Our 340 companies are composed mainly of small structures, having virtually no assets, and are extremely fragile.

"The mattress to absorb a crisis does not exist. That is why it's necessary to reassure the profession by increasing the amount and define the scope of this emergency fund. This amount will cover the additional resources deployed to secure facilities, but also to deal with the decline of ticket sales as observed on this first week." Read more here.

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