Information from the Crisis Management Team

Coronavirus Newsletter 8 from 7th of April 2020

Dear All,

We hope this finds you all healthy, safe and staying as fit and active as possible from home.

We continue to monitor the situation very closely and are in permanent contact with the relevant Ministries. At this point, we are not expecting a change in the situation or of receiving further news until after Easter. Please keep in touch and keep checking your emails where we will inform you as soon as possible. The current situation is in place until April 19th and we hope to let you know next week how it will go from there.

The Live Streaming and E-learning is going well and Live Streaming will continue on a voluntary participation basis over the Easter Holidays with classes online from Tuesday the 14th – Friday the 17th of April.

Our 2020 Easter Workshop is going digital and online! As all Class Leaders have communicated, please send in your video clips and all will hopefully be online on Easter Monday (13th April). All students and staff will be able to vote online in 10 new categories (until 15th April 12:00) and the prizes will be announced on Wednesday (15th April) on our Vimeo Channel through Live Streaming.

For other information, our planned tour to Künzelsau/Carmen Würth Forum in May has been cancelled, but our BA Works in June and the Semperoper Matinée in July are still planned.

Here are also some valuable links for our students in these hard times:

Surely, some of you are facing huge financial challenges these days. The Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art (SMWKT) has informed us that students who also work as freelance artists can apply for funding at the Bundesagentur für Arbeit. Pls. see https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/datei/uebersicht-soforthilfeprogramme-corona_ba146398.pdf.

Beyond that, students can apply for immediate aid loans on favorable terms granted by the Free State of Saxony. Responsible is the Sächsische Aufbaubank, pls. see https://www.sab.sachsen.de/f%C3%B6rderprogramme/sie-ben%C3%B6tigen-hilfe-um-ihr-unternehmen-oder-infrastruktur-wieder-aufzubauen/sachsen-hilft-sofort.jsp.

Furthermore, to a limited extent, the Studentenwerke (student services) have emergency funds for students in need. In addition, pls. pay attention to new developments as to financial aid BAföG (grants and loans). Here, terms and conditions have been adapted short-term in response to the current situation, maybe students whose applications had been dismissed in the past, should try again and re-apply for BAföG, pls. see https://www.xn--bafg-7qa.de/keine-nachteile-beim-bafoeg-wegen-corona-756.php

Stay healthy, safe and home and despite all – Happy Easter!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Dr. Claudia Schlüter, OSR Bernd Hähnel, Jörg Schotte (Health & Safety Officer)