Arts News

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and government advice to stay at home, arts events have been cancelled or rescheduled. Our focus will now be on supporting each other so that the cultural and creative sector can survive these unprecedented circumstances, whilst reaching out to those most in need in our communities. 

In response to the pressure on cultural organisations, freelancers and individual artists Arts Council England announced a package of support comprising:

  • A £160m emergency response package to support individual artists, freelancers and cultural organisations. This will help individuals and organisations focus on two things: sustaining their livelihoods and businesses, and developing creative responses to the Covid-19 crisis, to help buoy the public for its duration.
  • The postponement of our the National Portfolio Organisation investment process
  • £20m will support creative practitioners and freelancers, £50m for organisations who aren’t in our National Portfolio and £90m for National Portfolio Organisations. 
  • Artists and a wide range of creative practitioners will be eligible for grants up to £2,500. ACE will administer £16m of this fund, and additional grants of up to £4m will be made available to external benevolent funds, for other cultural workers.
  • Organisations outside the National Portfolio will be able to apply for grants of up to £35,000, and conditions for those already receiving funding through National Lottery Project Grants will be relaxed where relevant. 

To view the full statement please visit the Arts council website  

Mayor of London, Culture at Risk

The current economic uncertainty is having a huge impact on London’s cultural life. To help the cultural sector keep up to date with funding news and resources, the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk team has compiled a list of sector-specific information, advice and support schemes across the night-time economy and creative industries network. They are also inviting individuals and organisations who work in the creative sector to register with them, so that they can provide the right type of support in this fast-moving situation. For more information contact Culture at Risk