Paris live music industry seeks £35 million in emergency aid following terror attacks

Ticket sales have fallen since 89 people were killed at an Eagles Of Death Metal gig earlier this month

A representative body of the French live music industry has appealed for €50million (£35million) in emergency aid following the recent Paris terror attacks, which saw a large number of gigs in the area cancelled as a safety measure.

A total of 129 people were killed and around 350 injured after a series of violent attacks in the French capital on November 13, with 89 killed at Eagles Of Death Metal’s gig at Paris’s Le Bataclan music venue.

Prodiss, the National Union of Producers, Distributors and Theatres, said in a statement that the live music economy was “directly affected by this national tragedy and that the sector “needs the support of all players in our ecosystem, including that of public authorities”.

France’s culture minister Fleur Pellerin has already pledged €4million (£2.8million) in state funding to help ease the troubles in the industry, but now Prodiss says the figure is not enough.

Prodiss claims that ticket sales in Paris fell by 80 per cent compared to the same period a year prior in the week following the attacks.

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“The mattress to absorb a crisis does not exist,” the organisation says. “That is why it is necessary to reassure the profession by increasing the amount [of emergency funding].” It added that the €50million state aid would be used to cover “the additional resources deployed to secure facilities [and] also to deal with the decline of ticket sales.”​

Prodiss has also called on the industry to donate a percentage of each gig ticket sold during December to a fund helping the survivors and families of those affected by the attacks.

Speaking in their first interview following the tragedy, Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes said: “They [fans] were hiding in our dressing room, and the killers were able to get in. They killed all of them, except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket.”

He continued: “People were playing dead, and they were so scared. A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends, and so many people put themselves in front of people.”

The band pulled all remaining tour dates following events in Paris, and released a statement a few days ago in which they describe themselves “horrified” and the experience as an “unimaginable ordeal”.