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Culture decree aims to breathe new life into Italian arts


(See related story) Rome, August 2 - A decree approved
in Italy's cabinet on Friday to boost the country's cultural
sector includes measures worth more than 180 million euros in
tax credits and new funding across a range of activities from
encouraging street art, to saving foundering operas and
symphonies to revamping key museums to helping the cinema
In addition to measures for the archeological site of
Pompeii and the area surrounding it, the ''Cultural Value''
decree designates 90 million euros of tax credits to the movie
industry and another five million in tax credits to promote
young music composers and performers.
Five hundred university graduates under the age of 35 will
be hired for a year to digitalize and catalogue the cultural
assets of the country.
The first 100 hires will be drawn from southern Italian
regions of Puglia, Campania, Calabria and Sicily.
Eight million euros will be allocated to the revamping the
Uffizi Gallery in Florence and four million granted to the
Holocaust Museum of Ferrara.
Lyric opera and symphony foundations will be able to access
a special 75 million euro fund, to be administered by a
government appointed commissioner.
''We have assessed that it is necessary to have a
comprehensive measure for lyric-symphonic foundations'' cornered
into difficulty, Premier Enrico Letta said in a presentation of
the decree.
''The lyric foundations should not continually find
themselves with water up to their necks, and thus the decree
saves the foundations and gives them essential prospects of
stability,'' Letta added.
However access to the new lyric-symphonic funds requires
balancing budgets, coming up with a relaunch plan, terminating
all supplementary contracts, and firing up to 50% of technical
and administrative personnel.
The Culture Ministry has guaranteed jobs for a large
portion of prospective layoffs in the territorial offices of the
state-owned cultural asset caretaking company Ales SpA.
The decree also foresees allowing artists under age 35 to
create installations and new forms of expression in certain
state-owned spaces on a six-month rotating basis, similar to
Paris's ''59 Rivoli''.
The decree also gives the Culture Ministry (MiBAC) more
control over its own funds to better manage museums, which it
Moreover, the decree allows the ministry to keep all
revenues earned through ticket sales and merchandising,
reversing of government finance law from 2008 that reduced the
ministry's take to 10-15%.

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