Coventry City of Culture has said it is refocusing its resources to support those working in the creative sector “during this difficult time”.
The Coventry City of Culture Trust has made a series of pledges in response to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which include honouring all existing freelance and employment contracts and creating new commissioning opportunities for artists in isolation.
Other pledges include:
• Contributing towards a new regional resilience fund to support those working in the creative sector who are facing short term financial hardship.
• Continuing to recruit freelances to plan projects for 2021.
• Lobbying the government to recognise the risks the cultural sector faces.
Martin Sutherland, chief executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “With the rapidly changing coronavirus situation, we wanted to share an update with you with regards to UK City of Culture 2021.
“This isn’t business as usual; as a charity, working as part of a city-wide response with the city council and all key partners, we will use this time to support those in need, ensuring that our resources can help those in the city during this difficult time.”
A statement from the trust added that its apprenticeship scheme, volunteer programme and test event, which were planned to launch in the next few weeks, will now be delayed.