French Music Industry Pleads for Millions in Emergency Aid

French Music Industry Pleads for Millions in Emergency Aid
On November 13, 89 people lost their lives at an Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris, when terrorists attacked the Bataclan theatre. Not only are band and the families of the victims still reeling from the tragedy, France's music industry has now reached out to the government in hopes of establishing an emergency fund.

In a statement, industry group Prodiss estimated that it would need €50 million ($70,660,270 CAD) in aid in order to recover. Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin previously gave the industry €4 million ($5,652,220 CAD), and while Prodiss welcomed this, it said the money is not enough.

"Directly affected by this national tragedy, our sector today needs the support of all players in our ecosystem, including that of public authorities," the organization said. "The mattress to absorb a crisis does not exist. That is why it is necessary to reassure the profession by increasing the amount [of emergency funding]."

Concert ticket sales reportedly fell by 80 percent in the week after the attack, and there were a number of major concert cancellations. This past weekend sales remained down by 50 percent compared to last year. Still, despite the dip, Prodiss is encouraging the 340 companies that make up its membership to contribute €1 ($1.41 CAD) from each ticket sold in December to a fund benefitting the victims of the attack and their families.

Prodiss called the incident an attack on "symbols of our lifestyle and youth," adding "all industry players must now work [together] to help [support] cultural, musical and humorous [events], which are the real proof that we can pick ourselves up and get back life."

The full French-language statement from Prodiss can be read here.

Meanwhile, Eagles of Death Metal associate Josh Homme is helping to raise funds for victims of the attacks, while drummer Julian Dorio issued a statement about the "absolute and unnecessary evil" of the terrorists, and the whole band spoke out about their grief.