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Arts Council England to face MPs’ questions on distribution of support funding during pandemic

16 April 2021

The DCMS Committee will examine the role played by Arts Council England in the distribution of the initial £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to arts organisations affected by the pandemic. A further £300 million was announced in the 2021 Budget.


It was one of four bodies given responsibility by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for the awarding, distribution, and administration of funding which aimed to support 75% of cultural sector organisations at risk during 2020-21.

Purpose of the session

MPs are expected to focus on communications around the CRF, eligibility criteria used to award grants, and the acknowledgement that money failed to ‘trickle down’ to help freelancers affected.

The session will also examine the financial impact of Covid-19 on Arts Council England’s 10-year strategy to boost creativity and culture amid the likelihood of further reductions in local authority investment in arts and culture.

It will consider the organisation’s role in mitigating the challenges of cultural exchanges, touring, and exporting to EU countries post-Brexit.

This one-off session is part of the Committee’s regular scrutiny of DCMS departmental arm’s-length bodies.


Tuesday 20 April

At 10am

  • Sir Nicholas Serota CH, Chair, Arts Council England
  • Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Further information

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