Equity welcomes culture investment but needs detail on support for creative workers

Equity welcomes the scale of the package announced - but it won’t be money well spent unless each of the union’s four pillars of its live performance re-opening plan are adequately funded.

Critically, it’s unclear as to how this money will be used on our first pillar- supporting the workforce through this crisis.

How will the £880m in grants for the sector support and maintain the freelance and self employed creative workers our UK arts infrastructure depends on?

If this investment does not reach creative workers - the actors, dancers, stage management, singers, comedians, variety artists, directors, designers, choreographers and many other highly skilled workers in our talent base, we risk the diversity and success of the wider creative industries - worth £112bn to the economy. These workers have campaigned for this deal; they can’t be left behind.

Our question to Government is - how will this and future packages preserve the talent base of freelancers, self-employed creatives and staff employed in arts organisations?

It’s very welcome that this appears to inject meaningful investment into our third pillar: protecting venues & infrastructure. Equity remains hopeful that the details will support all four.

Announcements on emergency funding from Scotland and Northern Ireland