Arts Council England has pledged to “refocus” some of its grant-giving programmes to compensate individual artists and freelance workers who lose earnings because of coronavirus.
The organisation said it was still planning this, and would have more information on how this will work in about 10 days’ time.
“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,” it said.
In addition, it said National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Creative People and Places (CPPs) projects would continue to receive funding, but that funding conditions will “not apply for at least three months with immediate effect”.
“We can also advance grant payments to assist with cashflow,” it added, stating: “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.”
ACE said it would be “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”.
Chief executive Darren Henley said: “We recognise how difficult it’s going to be for people and organisations across our cultural industries over the coming weeks. Our artists, performers, theatres, arts centres, concert venues, galleries and museums contribute hugely to normal everyday life in villages, towns and cities across England. With things likely to look very different for a time, we’re doing our best to support them as quickly and effectively as we can.”
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