Arts Council England made a clear commitment to increase funding to Black-led organisations. Its new levelling up priority puts that commitment at risk. In this article, I question how it plans to square the circle and deliver both. Levelling up must not lead to levelling down on diversity.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, many BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) creative entrepreneurs existed in an invisible space between the public and private sectors. Both sectors had consistently undervalued what they do.