Coronavirus crisis: Arts Council England grants programmes


Arts Council England (ACE) will announce a refocussing of some of the organisation’s grants programmes in ‘about ten days’ ‘to help compensate individual artists and freelancers for lost earnings’.

The priority is staying in business

In a message on the ACE website, the organisation says:

‘Our number one priority for the next three months is to support people who work in the arts, museums and libraries. We want as strong a sector as possible as we come out the other side of this crisis.

‘Here are our first steps to help people working as artists, freelancers and in publicly funded cultural organisations:

‘We will refocus some grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers for lost earnings. This will require further planning. It may take about 10 days before we can announce the details.

‘National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Creative People and Places (CPPs) will continue to receive funding but funding conditions will not apply for at least three months with immediate effect. We can also advance grant payments to assist with cashflow.

‘For NPOs and CPPs, the priority is staying in business. In exchange for our support we ask them to honour contracts agreed with freelancers and artists and to think about what help they can offer their communities.

‘This is just the start. We are collecting intelligence from across the sector so we can understand what is needed and we are in constant conversation with colleagues at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about the short and long-term financial implications.’

Further information on the Arts Council England website here.

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