Applications Process Launches for Subsidies under Subsidy Project for Japan Content Localization and Distribution Live Entertainment as Event-related Support Measure in Response to Declaration of State of Emergency
February 22, 2021
In response to the Declaration of the State of Emergency, many event organizers have been forced to postpone or cancel the large variety of musicals or theatrical performances, exhibitions, amusement parks and theme parks which they had scheduled and which were subject to the measures taken under the Declaration (hereinafter referred to as “events”). Targeting such event organizers, the government will provide subsidies under the Subsidy Project of the Japan Content Localization and Distribution Live Entertainment under the FY2020 Supplementary Budget (hereinafter referred to as the “Subsidy Project J-LODlive”; Project for Supporting Businesses in Cancellation Charges) to support such organizers by compensating them for cancellation charges and other related costs, including those for venues. If such organizers satisfy the requirement of undertaking digital distribution of video of their events to overseas viewers, they are eligible to apply for the subsidies. As part of this effort, the application process for or the Subsidy Project J-LODlive launched the on February 22 (Mon.), 2021.
1. Overview of the subsidy project
In response to the issuance of the Declaration of the State of Emergency, the government has been requesting event organizers to satisfy stricter requirements if they hold events in the areas subject to the measures taken under the declaration: the capacity limitation up to 5,000 people total and the capacity rate of 50% or less, and it also has been encouraging such organizers to end events prior to 20:00, in addition to meeting other recommendations. In response, many organizers have been postponing or canceling events which they had scheduled.
In light of this situation, the Visual Industry Promotion Organization (hereinafter referred to as “VIPO”) started accepting applications for the Subsidy Project J-LODlive from event organizers in order to support them by compensating them for cancellation charges and other related costs, including those for venues, which such organizers have been burdened with due to the fact that they are not holding the scheduled events. To be eligible, applicants must be businesses that have postponed or canceled a scheduled event, and they must digitally distribute video of their events to overseas viewers.
2. Outline of the call for applicants
For details, visit the VIPO website (secretariat of the Subsidy Project J-LODlive).
VIPO website (secretariat of the Subsidy Project J-LODlive)
Summary of the Subsidy Project J-LODlive (Project for Supporting Businesses in Cancellation Charges)(in Japanese)
Submission Guidance for the Subsidy Project J-LODlive (Project for Supporting Businesses in Cancellation Charges)(in Japanese)
Division in Charge
- Information on eligible performances and the budget system as a whole:
Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau
- Information on eligible exhibitions and amusement parks:
Cool Japan Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group