Mexico's COVID-19 response for artists and local creators

Type of institution
National Government
  • Direct support for artists and cultural professionals
    • Commissioning and purchase of works
  • Support for sectors of the cultural and creative industries
    • Strengthening infrastructure and facilities
Type of measure
Emergency response

The Government of Mexico instructed the country's secretaries and heads of culture to each allocate up to MXN $1 million ($US40,800) for artists and local creators, totalling to up to MXN $32 million (US$1.3 million) nationwide. An ‘activities bank’ was also created so that artists who were hired to perform between March 20 to April 20 could be paid as agreed and can move their performances to another time or perform it remotely. In addition, the call for proposals of the Program to support the cultural infrastructure of states (Apoyo a la Infraestructura Cultural de los Estados) was opened, with grants of up to MXN $200,000 (US$ 8,160) for cultural programming and MXN$1 million ($US40,800) for infrastructure renovations or equipment acquisition. Grants of up to MXN $5 million ($US204,000) are available for the construction of new cultural infrastructures.


The Secretary of Culture has also opened a call to artists entitled "With you in distance: Art movement at home".” Creators over the age of 22, with a three years or more of experience, are invited to submit their original and unpublished works in architecture, visual arts, dance, literature, cinema and audiovisual media, gastronomy, popular arts and traditions, music, theater, circus arts and new media. Selected creators will receive MXN $20,000 (US$22,075) in exchange for the dissemination of their work on the dedicated website.

(See With you in distance)

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Media Arts
Performing Arts
Visual Arts