Spanish music fans rejoice. A recently approved ‘Youth Cultural Bonus‘ for 18 year olds, will see them issued a sum of €400 euros each to help the cultural and creative sectors bounce back in Spain post COVID.
These vouchers can be spent on big ticket items such as festivals and events, as well as vinyl, books and digital music products. They will have one year to spend the money which will be accessed by a virtual card on your smartphone.
The scheme was originally thought up in October 2021, with the hopes of opening doors for 18 year olds to access music culture in the country.
The official Spanish government website states:
The Youth Cultural Voucher project seeks to facilitate universal and diversified access to culture for young people, generate new habits of cultural consumption and strengthen existing ones, create new audiences, stimulate demand and reduce the negative impact caused by the pandemic on various cultural sectors in our country.
[The scheme will] promote loyalty that generates the habit of consuming cultural products in young people so that, as adults, they continue to consume cultural products regularly.
With a huge decline of 15.8% in the cultural sector in 2020, and a 5.1% decrease in employment during 2020 – 2021 (according to Resident Advisor), it’s a welcome scheme to bring new faces into a usually blossoming industry.
There will be caps on spending with €200 on events and festivals, €100 on vinyl and cultural books and €100 on the digital format.
It’s nice to see a government taking the sector seriously, and trying to help it bounce back.
Words: Neil Ritchie