Arts Council Strategy Changes 2018 on

Posted on: 20th July 2016 at 00:00
Posted by: PANDA
Location: England
Discipline: Multi-disciplinary

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The Arts Council have announced their new strategy outline as a result of consultation and review. Full details will be available in October but here are some key points: 

  • Grants for the Arts will become Grants for the Arts and Culture and will encompass not only Libraries and Museums but also creative media, digital and other 'creative industries' who will be able to apply
  • National Portfolio funding agreements will be for 4 years rather than 3 and there will be 3 bands, based on amount of Arts Council Investment
  • There will be a new category of ‘Sector Support Organisations’ in the National Portfolio
  • Arts Council will attempt to offer better and more targeted support for Individual artists - in particular:
  • Special provision for individual artists to develop their creative practice.
  • Stronger guidance on fees and salaries. 
  • National Portfolio Organisations to describe clearly how they will support individual artists, and ask those in Bands 2 and 3 (in receipt of more than £250k from ACE) to do more to support the development of individual artists and creative practitioners. 

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: "These changes will help us build on the progress we’re making towards fulfilling our strategic goals. They will ensure the impact of our investment is far reaching; that we support a wider range of organisations and artists: and that we do more to develop talent,  encourage ambition and champion our national creativity.”

Further information on Arts Council website - follow the link provided.

New and returning funds: open from today

3 new funds have also been launched that will focus on improving resilience and sustainability across the sector and access to art and culture for older people. Also opening are new rounds of our Capital: Large Grants and Cultural Destinations funding.

New Funds

Celebrating Age: Supporting organisations to become open, positive and welcoming places for older people. As well as taking arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage.  

Business Support: Increasing knowledge and understanding of business support within the cultural creative sector. 

Building Resilience: Supporting up to four external organisations or consultancies who will work on different approaches to improve resilience and long term sustainability across the sector.  

Returning Funds

Capital: Large Grants: Investing in the right buildings and equipment for organisations to deliver their work and become more sustainable and innovative businesses. 

Cultural Destinations: Funding partnerships between arts and cultural organisations and the tourism sector to drive growth in the visitor economy.