Arts and culture

This theme-specific guidance must be read in conjunction with the main guidance notes

We recognise that the creative sector faces a combination of challenges which impacts on the health of the sector and its infrastructure, with the move from venue-based working, changed financial models without access to traditional venue hire or “box office” income, whilst needing to ensure the positive health and other outcomes being achieved by arts and culture organisations can continue to be achieved through this difficult time. We are particularly keen to fund work that:

  • Enables groups to navigate government support to the sector (including support for venues, or support to freelance or furloughed staff);
  • Supports the move to delivering projects via digital channels (including where this could open up new revenue streams, or where advice is needed to protect creative content being delivered in new ways, or where wider outcomes such as positive contributions to people’s health can be met through new channels);
  • Ensures groups who are hardest hit during this period of uncertainty (for example the LGBT+ sector, or Deaf and disabled people) are supported to create safe spaces on line for people to engage with arts and culture, reduce isolation and engage in creative activites, and are able to re-emerge at the end of the crisis period; and/or
  • Enables the next generation of creatives to stay engaged in the sector through preparing work that can be delivered in new ways, or that creates a pipeline of activity for beyond the crisis.