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Creative Kirklees / News / Wed 25 Mar 2020

Arts Council support for artists, creatives & freelancers

Arts Council support for artists, creatives & freelancers

The Arts Council is making £20 million available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.

Artists and creative practitioners will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,500 if they have a track record in publicly funded culture.

Due to the impact the Covid-19 crisis is having on all parts of the cultural workforce, the Arts Council are looking to provide £4 million from this £20 million budget for grants to benevolent funds targeted at other cultural workers. More information on this will be shared soon.

Who is eligible to apply for this fund?

Creative practitioners whose main work is focused on these artforms and disciplines:

• Music
• Theatre
• Dance
• Visual Arts
• Literature
• Combined Arts
• Museums practice

This work includes: choreographers, writers, translators, producers, editors, freelance educators in the disciplines and artforms supported, composers, directors, designers, artists, craft makers and curators.

Magicians and comedians can apply to this fund, as long as they have a track record of receiving public funding for their work.

The Arts Council are also exploring reasonable adjustments that will ensure applicants with access requirements have an equal chance of benefiting from this fund. This would include anyone ill due to Covid-19

Full application details will follow soon.

When do applications open?

The Arts Council will publish guidance for applicants including the detailed timetable for this fund on 30 March. Potential applicants will need to register on the Arts Council application portal Grantium by Friday 3 April. There will be support for people to do this.

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