A message from Arts Council England:
Ensuring the people and organisations that make up our arts, museums and libraries are protected during the coronavirus crisis is our number one priority.
We are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and we have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of our funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as best we can.
Emergency funding package
- Funding for organisations outside of the National Portfolio: £50 million will be made available to 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.
- Funding for individuals: We want to support artists, creative practitioners and freelancers as best we can in this crisis. We're making £20 million of financial support available to individuals, so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months.
- Funding for National Portfolio Organisations: We will be making £90 million available to NPOs. 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.
- Support for those in receipt of our funding: Information for organisations and individuals already in receipt of our funding, and any changes we've made to them. It also contains updates on a number of museums and cultural property functions, including Accreditation and export licensing.
- Other support for organisations: There is additional governmental and non-governmental support available to organisations. Find out about the range of support on offer for businesses, including grants, benefits, tax relief, help with mortgages and rent, and more.
- Other support for individuals: There is additional governmental and non-governmental support available to individuals. Find out about the range of support on offer, including employment support, tax relief and direct support for freelancers.
This new report, commissioned by Arts Council England, examines reading habits, motivations for reading and how people are choosing to engage with literature.
As many of us strive to do our civic duty by sitting on the couch, the creative industries have stepped up to save us, offering a myriad of amazing, free online opportunities to keep engaging with arts, culture and heritage from home.