Arts Council England prepares £160m emergency funding package

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Arts Council England (ACE) has announced that it is making £160 million of emergency funding available during the coronavirus crisis to “those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis”. This includes £90m for National Portfolio Organisations. ACE said: “We hope organisations will use this funding to reboot their creative work, but we also understand it may be required to alleviate financial pressures on NPOs.”

There is also £50m in extra funding for organisations “that are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council. Organisations who have applied to National Lottery Project Grants are welcome to apply for this support.” In addition, there will be £20m emergency funding for individuals: “We want to support artists, creative practitioners and freelancers as best we can in this crisis.” ACE said: “We're making £20 million of financial support available to individuals, so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months.”

Arts Council England said its emergency funding would be open to applications “very soon”. You can find out more details here  



◄ Carol Ann Duffy at Manchester literature festival, 2015

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 28th Mar 2020 14:03

Contributions sought and gratefully accepted, of which I have contributed.- and there are also commercial avenues to add to
My point is about essential priorities at this time when, even now,
we read of thousands of pounds awarded to successful participants in
poetry competitions and suchlike. It is difficult to reconcile the past "penury of poetry" with the ££££££ cash that seems to be in the coffers in
support of "the arts". Nice work if you can get the song goes.
If you're alive! .

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Greg Freeman

Fri 27th Mar 2020 16:07

Write Out Loud is also an arts organisation, of course, MC. But if you feel the need to boycott us as 'non-essential' during this pandemic, we will quite understand.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 25th Mar 2020 12:00

I'd rather see most of this money placed towards the protection
of those combating this current health scourge on the "front line".
Either something is worth being paid for in the cause of publication
- or not. It should be a last resort to subsidise non-essential activity
in time of national emergency when funds are needed (in the real relevant sense) elsewhere..

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