Liverpool Philharmonic performing at the On the Waterfront festival
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Vital funding for cultural sector
Liverpool City Council has
welcomed Arts Council England’s (ACE) decision to create an emergency fund worth
£160m which will support people and organisations in our valued cultural sector
Liverpool is a city renowned for
its cultural offer which is worth around £3.3bn to the local economy and
supports 38,000 jobs.
The city council is encouraging all
its museums, galleries, arts organisations, theatres, music venues, artists and
freelancers to seek support from the fund – whether it’s to reboot existing creative
work, or alleviate financial pressures they are experiencing as a result of
The pressure on the sector can already be felt – every cultural organisation in the city has been forced to close its doors and events such as Africa Oyé, Light Night and River Festival have been cancelled or postponed.
and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon,
said: “This announcement by ACE is a real statement that this vital sector has
not been forgotten.
without saying how valued culture and the arts are in Liverpool, and as a city council
we will do as much as we can to spread the word that this support is available.
“These are testing
times and we are already seeing the impact of Coronavirus take its toll on the industry.
However, this financial support will give some hope, and I hope we can all
continue to work together to ensure our creative sector survives and thrives in
the months to come.”
So what is ACE offering and to
National Portfolio Organisations (NPO).
Liverpool is home to 21 NPOs
including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic,
Open Eye Gallery, FACT and Pagoda Arts. (Full list at the end)
funding with relaxed conditions for NPOs for up to six months, as necessary.
Where possible, ACE will also advance up to six months grant payments to assist
with cash flow to relieve immediate financial pressure.
Set up new
£90 million fund for NPOs which they will be able to apply to very soon: The main focus of this fund will be helping NPOs to quickly reboot
their programmes of creative work, but recognition that some will need to be
used to support organisation’s ability to operate. NPOs who benefit will be expected show how
they will support the freelance creative practitioners on whom they rely.
All NPOs will be contacted with a
timeline as soon as possible. There should be a further update before Easter. Extend
current ACE funding for NPOs to 31 March 2023.
for Education (DfE) /ACE funded organisations
In Liverpool , this will apply to progammes such as
Liverpool’s In Harmony project and its Music Education Hub.
All organisations and programmes funded by the DfE and managed by ACE will continue to receive funding – without funding conditions for at least three months with immediate effect (from 24 March 2020). ACE are also able to advance grant payments to assist with cash flow, should this be required.
Funding for non-NPOs
£50 million is available
to organisations in the cultural sector, who are not NPOs. This fund will be
aimed at organisations with a ‘track record in funded culture’ – so, for
example, organisations that regularly receive Grants for the Arts/Projects
can apply for a maximum of £35,000.
purpose is to support organisations to get back on their feet, or to continue
making work in the future which contributes to ACE’s new strategy. So it will
be for business resilience, but also for cultural organisations who want to do
some public facing activity during this crisis through, for example, digitally
sharing creative content.
guidance will be published on 30 March.
million will be made available to artists and individuals working in the
cultural sector. For example, this could include choreographers, writers, translators,
producers, editors, freelance educators in the disciplines and art-forms ACE
support, composers, directors, designers, artists, craft makers and curators.
will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,500 if they have a track record in
publicly funded culture.
publish guidance for applicants including the detailed timetable for this fund
on 30 March. Potential applicants will need to register on application portal
Grantium by Friday 3 April.