Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus. The government announced the measures on 5 July 2020.
Arts Council England (ACE) has now completed awarding funds for its first two Emergency Response Funds: for Individuals, and for Organisations (outside the National Portfolio). The key achievements include:
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has been given a special funding package from the Scottish Government to help the festival survive its cancellation this year.
A £1 million interest-free loan has been granted to the Fringe Society, which is the charity that oversees the annual performance festival. It will also receive £249,000 in grants from the City of Edinburgh Council (£100,000) and the Scottish government’s relief fund for businesses deemed vital to the country’s economy (£149,000). The £1 million loan will be repaid by the Fringe Society over six years.
Season for Change, led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin, has launched an open call for UK-based artists underrepresented in climate conversations. Four artists will be chosen that fit the criteria each to be awarded £10,000 for their commissions.
Season for Change is a nationwide programme of artistic and cultural events that celebrate the environment and inspire urgent climate action. Throughout 2020, Season for Change will build towards a live programme of creative work and amplified campaign in spring 2021.
New charity Metroland Cultures – set up to deliver Brent's year as London Borough of Culture and, crucially, its legacy beyond 2020 has established a Fund offering tangible financial support to the borough’s cultural and creative sector during the Covid-19 crisis.
The Metroland Cultures Fund was set up to help artists to stay creative through these challenging times, offering up to £1,000 funding to reflect, plan or develop their practice.
Art Fund has announced a new funding programme with £2m in funds, adapted to respond to COVID-19 and its impact on the culture sector.
After consulting hundreds of museum directors and arts professionals about the needs of museums and galleries now and in the future, this adapted fund will provide help through grants and strategic partnerships to support re-opening and beyond.
Farnham Maltings has invested almost £40,000 in South East theatre makers to create new work during the COVID-19 pandemic since the end of March 2020. The 'Making Theatre in Extraordinary Times' fund was first announced three days after theatres closed, and the first round of commissions included a community light show and song, monologues written over WhatsApp, and a jukebox telephone line, all created by artists in the south east of England as immediate responses to the Covid-19 crisis.
Read our June 2020 newsletter filled with suggestions for culture at home and resources for the culture and creative industries sector for support and help during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as major stories on the new Culture Sector Taskforce, more Culture in Quarantine commissions and changes to the Turner Prize.
The Turner Prize jury for 2020 will select 10 winners to receive bursaries in place of the annual award.
Tate Britain will award £10,000 each to ten different artists selected by the jury due to the coronavirus pandemic making the exhibition unfeasible to mount. The artists will be announced at the end of June.
National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru are accepting new digital commissions from theatre-makers in Wales until Monday 18 May 2020 as part of their efforts to help make live theatre in digital spaces during the ongoing lockdown. The open call is part of National Theatre Wales's Network programme, which includes new work and projects.