Arts Council England COVID-19 statement to NPOs & CPPs back to listing

This just in from Arts Council England. In particular, it urges NPOs and CPPs to honour contracts agreed with freelancers.
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Over the last week we have been sharing the latest on Coronavirus preparedness for our funded organisations and projects on our website. As the Covid-19 emergency escalates I wanted to update you at the earliest opportunity about how we will assist you.
Our number one priority for the next three months is to support people who work in the arts, museums and libraries. We want as strong a sector as possible as we come out the other side of this crisis.
Here are our first steps to help people working as artists, freelancers and in publicly funded cultural organisations:
We will refocus some grant programmes to help compensate individual artists and freelancers for lost earnings. This will require further planning. It may take about 10 days before we can announce the details.
National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Creative People and Places (CPPs) projects will continue to receive funding but funding conditions will not apply for at least three months with immediate effect. We can also advance grant payments to assist with cashflow.
For NPOs and CPPs, the priority is staying in business. In exchange for our support we ask you to honour contracts agreed with freelancers and artists and to think about what help you can offer your communities.
This is just the start. We are collecting intelligence from across the sector so we can understand what is needed and we are in constant conversation with colleagues at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about the short and long-term financial implications.
We will provide you with more information and ways to make contact with us on Monday. You can also share information with us about what is happening to you at Coronavirus-queries@artscouncil.org.uk
In the meantime, do take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and thank you for your collaboration.
15 Mar 2020