Create Equity

Is ACE’s diversity strategy – and reporting – fit for purpose?

Arts Council England Diversity Report fit for purpose

Reading Arts Council England’s latest Equality, Diversity and Inclusion data report 2020-21, it appears ACE sees diversity primarily as the number of people who either work for or visit arts institutions like the Royal Opera House. ACE’s diversity strategy of investing in a portfolio of mainly White-led institutions and then, under threat of sanction, requiring …

Addressing the Inequity of Funding Decisions

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Why we need to build mature partnerships between Black-led organisations and funders. There are written rules when applying for arts funding: set criteria which outline the funder’s priorities, the activities it supports, who is eligible to apply and the amount of any potential grant.   In theory, these criteria determine what does or doesn’t get funded. …

Can using public money to develop BAME entrepreneurs be in the public interest if it makes them wealthy too?

1. The challenge Setting up projects which develop BAME creative businesses – through which the founders can potentially generate significant financial reward – has been at the heart of my life’s work. To date I have supported thousands of artists and entrepreneurs, the four most successful of whom have an estimated combined net worth of …

The Create Equity 2031 Pledge: a fair share for BAME creatives

A decade to change what should have changed decades ago I have been in discussion with Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Nesta and the British Film Institute (BFI) amongst others about Create Equity’s campaign to get the sector funding equitably (in proportion to the BAME population) by 2031. Based on today’s …