Berlin (dpa) - Germany's internationally famous electronic and club scene is fighting for survival in the corona pandemic: Against this background, music and cultural professionals have applied for support in an open letter to the federal government.

The patrons include prominent names such as Dr.

Motte, Paul Kalkbrenner and Paul van Dyk.

«The techno attitude towards life has shaped generations.

So many poets, thinkers and composers of modern times cavort here and they want to be heard », says the letter published on Wednesday in Berlin.

"Do not ignore your future constituents and do not ignore what we have created."

The letter promotes dialogue.

The event was organized by Booking United, an interest group from the music industry for agencies, artist tours, DJs and live performances.

It is about the "still outstanding recognition as an important part of German culture".

According to the organization, the artists and the agencies have lost between 95 and 100 percent of their income since March.

“Unfortunately, there is still no tangible end to the pandemic restrictions for our industry.

The sales of the agencies and artists will not return to the pre-crisis level in 2021. "

How can be helped?

"Give us self-employed people from the cultural sector respectful financial help."

In the Netherlands and Great Britain, the self-employed and affected entrepreneurs received subsistence allowances.

In Berlin on October 3rd, a “Day of Club Culture” advertises nightlife venues.

This should be a signal for the importance and diversity of the clubs in times of existential threat - the motto is "We're still there!"

40 clubs and collectives are each awarded 10,000 euros for their commitment.

They present themselves with actions under the current hygiene and safety requirements, as it is called.

The initiator is Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer (left).

"For Berlin, the local club culture has enormous charisma and is an important engine for creativity and artistic creation," he explains in a greeting.

In view of the increasing number of infections, the clubs see themselves wrongly as a “scapegoat”.

Lutz Leichsenring from the Club Commission umbrella organization recently made this clear: "Everything is lumped together."

According to him, club life currently takes place mainly in the outdoor areas.

There the clubs are the "strictest implementers" of the hygiene measures.

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