RBKC Arts Council Services Update

RBKC Arts Council Services Update

RBKC Arts Council Services Update

Update from Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Arts Service

In these unprecedented times, the Council’s Arts Services has pooled together links to some of the support and advice available to the creative and cultural sector in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, the Council’s business and self-employment page brings together funding and business advice to support you and the local economy.

The team hope you find these useful and ask you to let them know if you hear of any other support that would be helpful to share with the local cultural and creative sector at this challenging time by emailing: arts@rbkc.gov.uk.

For the latest information about the Council’s Coronavirus response, visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/coronavirus. If you have a query, please email covid-19enquiry@rbkc.gov.uk. If you'd like to sign up for RBKC Important Updates or Emergency Updates newsletters, visit here.

Financial Support

Arts Council England Emergency Response Package

  • Total of £160 million available with full details to be published on Monday 30 March.
  • £90 million available for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs).
  • £50 million for organisations (excluding Music Education Hubs) to apply for up to £35,000 and will be expected to demonstrate how they will continue to support the freelancers on whom they rely.
  • £20 million for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers through grants of £2,500 for freelance practitioners who have a track record of delivering publicly funded work.
  • Applicants must register on their Grantium application portal by Friday 3 April.
  • Email Coronavirus-queries@artscouncil.org.uk

Disability Arts Online

  • New commissions fund of £8,000 for disabled artists, with three types of commission, deadline Monday 6 April:
  • Artist Presentations: 30-minute artist talk via Facebook Live and IGTV, then Q&A with viewers, £200 each for up to 10 artists.
  • Day in the Life Articles: for an insight into the working life of an artist, £120 for written articles, £150 for videos for up to 10 artists.
  • Open commissions: £50 to £500 for an online event, discussion, performance or exhibition.


  • Dedicated Covid-19 response for musicians, a collaboration between Help Musicians, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, The Ivors Academy, the Music Managers Forum, the Music Producers Guild.
  • Includes information on the Help Musicians £5million hardship fund. specifically created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians are facing, with one-off payments of £500 via an online application.

The Society of Authors

  • Authors’ Emergency fund offering grants of up to £2,000 to support writers, including script writers, authors, literary translators, journalists, poets and illustrators.


  • The union for performers and creative practitioners provides a briefing on sector and state financial support.

London Funders

  • Managing the new London Community Response Fund – currently at £5million - created to support London’s civil society and cultural groups affected by COVID-19 with contributions from Bloomberg L.P, the Mayor of London and the City Bridge Trust for London.
  • Sign up to the London Funders special edition newsletter to find out how to apply to the fund.


Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance

A wealth of useful information, online training, listings and links from this cultural sector support organisation, funded by Arts Council England.

MARCH Network

Resources and platform for home-based, creative ways to support mental health.

Arts Professional

Curated content for those with a professional interest in the arts sector, including guidance on digital tools for homeworking, moving work online, and listings for funds and support.

Digital Support

Voluntary Arts #CreativeNetwork

Daily digital gatherings for those working in the creative sector.

Arts Council Tech Champions available to offer digital support to organisations navigating moving work online.

E: digitalnetwork@artscouncil.org.uk




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