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News roundup - 6 August 2020

Government announces details of the £1.57 billion rescue package for the arts

Arts organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to £3 million, with a total of £622 million being distributed to cultural organisations in this first round of funding.

Arts Council England will oversee £500 million to support institutions across the arts and cultural sector including theatres, music and comedy venues and museums.

Full story: https://officiallondontheatre.com/news/government-announces-details-of-the-rescue-package-for-the-arts/

Arts Council England reveals details on how to apply for Culture Recovery Fund

Arts Council England (ACE) has revealed details about how artists and companies can apply for the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

At the moment, ACE is offering grants valued between a minimum of £50,000 and up to a maximum of £3 million, available to English organisations that are fulled registered at either Companies House or the Charity Commission with at least one year’s full independently certified or audited financial statements.

Full story: https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/arts-council-england-fund-apply_52085.html

Equity warns freelancers will be ‘left behind’ by government’s arts funding plans

Artists’ union Equity has criticised the way in which the government plans to directly support freelancers as part of the £1.57bn support scheme.

Equity said today that the new time scale and the £2 million were “devastating news”, with its “members left behind”. It doubled down on an appeal for the government to consider further support for creative workers, who are facing a “significant cliff edge” when existing measures end later this year. It added that: “funding made available to institutions must be attached to clear organisation-specific commitments to eliminate gaps in representation and pay”.

Full story: https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/equity-government-freelancers-left-behind_52091.html

Concerns expressed that government’s cultural COVID funding won’t reach music-makers

The music industry has cautiously welcomed guidance regarding the distribution of government funds to COVID-hit cultural businesses. However, concerns have been expressed that monies won’t filter down to individual music-makers, and that challenges will remain and increase for the many freelancers that work in the music community.

Full story: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/concerns-expressed-that-governments-cultural-covid-funding-wont-reach-music-makers/

UK theatre job losses rise by 2,000 in a month, union figures show

Job losses at theatres across the UK have jumped from 3,000 to 5,000 in less than a month, according to figures from the Bectu trade union.

The job losses include redundancies of permanent employees and layoffs of casual staff. Both types of worker are entitled to payments through the government’s job retention scheme.

Full story: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/aug/03/uk-theatre-job-losses-rise-2000-month-union-figures-show

Council chiefs call on Government to help local creative industries

New guidance has been published to help over-stretched councils support their local creative industries recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest Government statistics show that creative industries, including small and medium businesses and organisations that specialise in arts, culture, design, music and TV & film, contribute more than £111bn to the UK economy.

Full story: https://www.localgov.co.uk/Council-chiefs-call-on-Government-to-help-local-creative-industries/50886

News roundup - 30 July 2020

A fund for theatre workers set-up by director Sam Mendes has raised £1.6 million. 

The acclaimed director of films such as Skyfall and 1917 and plays including The Lehman Trilogy and The Ferryman said the money will be used to support 1,600 freelancers working in the theatre industry.

Full story: https://solt.co.uk/about-london-theatre/press-office/theatre-artists-fund-raises-16m-to-support-out-of-work-theatre-practitioners-in-the-uk/

English music venues to receive £2.25m in emergency pandemic aid.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced plans to save around 150 grassroots music venues from insolvency while cashflow is limited for venues shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dowden released £2.25m for the sector from the overall £1.57bn fund announced on 5 July to shore up the arts in the UK.

Full story: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jul/25/english-music-venues-to-receive-emergency-pandemic-aid-covid-19

67% of gig workers would feel more engaged if offered benefits

Just under two-thirds (67%) of gig workers would feel more engaged and positive towards the business if attractive benefits were offered, while two-thirds (66%) said they would feel more valued, according to research by Aon.

The benefits that gig workers value the most are training and personal development (23%), sick pay (23%), income protection (19%), life insurance (19%) and professional indemnity insurance (18%).

Full story: https://employeebenefits.co.uk/exclusive-67-gig-workers-want-benefits/

Photographer creates series of portraits of self-employed creatives who became front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Photographer Ali Wright curated the series of photographs to highlight the role played by self-employed theatre workers during the coronavirus crisis.

The series of portraits features actors, writers, designers, directors, make-up artists, lighting designers, opera singers and more.

Full story: https://www.createinsurance.co.uk/photographer-creates-series-of-portraits-of-self-employed-creatives-who-became-front-line-workers-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

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