Two-thirds of museums in Nemo poll have received emergency government funding, reveals survey

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22nd January 2021 09:46 - Museums, Libraries and Archives

Two-thirds of museums in Nemo poll have received emergency government funding: A survey has found that 66% of museums surveyed as part of research by the Network of European Museum Organisations (Nemo) have received emergency funding support from national, regional or local government sources. 

The survey polled 600 museums, mainly from countries in Europe and found that 45% reported receiving no support at all. 

Of the museums reporting that they had received government support, around a fifth (21%) said they have received funding for new investments and infrastructure, while 18% had been supported through partial reimbursement of lost income. Safety and sanitary features for museums during the pandemic were also supported (15%), as well as support for fixed costs (14%). 

Museums were asked where they had sought additional sources of funding, with half of those polled admitting that they had not looked elsewhere for funding. Others reported that they had tried but not been successful.

Looking further into this, the survey found that larger, more established museums have been more engaged/able to seek other means of income than smaller operations (50% vs 30%), which the report says supports the idea that smaller museums lack the resource to implement additional fundraising activities. 

The research also asked museums about the future and what they expect of the coming years, with 7 out of 10 expecting to face budget cuts, which Nemo asserts may challenge their ability to carry out their core tasks. 



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