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Virtual concert venue included in New Deal's culture projects: gov't

All News 15:00 September 24, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 24 (Yonhap) -- The government said Thursday it plans to create a facility that specializes in the live streaming of music concerts and launch projects aimed at supporting the domestic content streaming industry.

The plans were announced by the culture ministry as part of culture initiatives within the government's more broader "New Deal" project, a new signature policy by President Moon Jae-in aimed at creating jobs, revitalizing the economy and preparing for the post-coronavirus era.

The ministry announced its blueprint, the "Digital New Deal Cultural Content Industry Growth Strategy," at a briefing presided over by Moon at the concert venue of Camp One in Gimpo, west of Seoul.

The envisioned live-stream K-pop concert facility will incorporate cutting-edge streaming and interactive communications technologies and also feature safeguard measures against intellectual property theft.

The government also plans to provide support to small and medium-sized entertainment companies on a trial basis in using the facility.

Overseas travel limitations and restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19 have hampered South Korea's entertainment industry. But the pandemic-driven handicap also provided a golden opportunity, compelling K-pop stars, such as SuperM, BTS, Monsta X and others to venture into the realm of ticketed online shows.

This file photo provided by Big Hit Entertainment shows a highlight from a 90-minute online concert "Bang Bang Con: The Live" hosted by BTS on June 14, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The ministry also said it will launch new projects to support content productions specifically tailored toward domestic streaming platforms and create a 46 billion-won (US$39.3 million) visual content-specific fund.

The ministry aims as well to expand tax breaks for domestic streaming platforms and create a government-private sector consultative group to discuss other means of support in the sector.

Also announced were broad plans to support production of films, games and webtoons, as well as projects to adopt virtual, augmented, mixed and extended reality software technologies in the manufacturing and medical sectors.

The government also plans to adopt 3-D mapping technologies in the cultural heritage area to preserve digital databases of treasured heritages and use them for future services and preservation initiatives.

The ministry will also create a 35 billion-won fund next year to support culture sector companies that have suffered financially due to COVID-19.

"Despite the content industry facing difficulties due to COVID-19, we will work proactively with related ministries in providing support so that Korean content can be spread throughout the world," Culture Minister Park Yang-woo said.

In the file photo taken July 30, 2020, Culture Minister Park Yang-woo speaks during a plenary session of the culture, sports and tourism committee at the National Assembly in Seoul. (Yonhap)


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