The impact of COVID-19 has been far reaching in our sector, evidenced in the submission by CVAN, 17 June 2020 to DCMS.
Like the rest of the sector, we were both surprised and delighted at the news announced late last night by the Government of a £1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s arts and heritage institutions.
However, as our evidence shows; small organisations and independent practitioners, especially disabled and neurodivergent artists and Black and People of Colour artists have faced significant loss of livelihood and are most vulnerable; with many not being protected by the funding available to date.
We are therefore calling for equitable and fair distribution of these funds to ensure that this does not solely reach the ‘crown jewels’ of the arts sector, as has been indicated. This funding is vital to organisations and venues of all sizes across all regions nationally.
Without artists, there is no art. All regions and venues of all sizes should be accounted for in the distribution; no-one should be forgotten.