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UK Arts Council announces £160 million emergency fund for those affected by coronavirus

Applications are open soon.

The UK Arts Council has announced a £160 million emergency fund for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund will directly help various strands of the arts in England. As well as £90m being made available for National Portfolio Organisations and £50m for organisations outside of the National Portfolio, £20 is available for individuals, namely artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.

In a statement as part of the emergency funding package, the Arts Council said, "We will offer individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis, totalling £160 million. We’ve re-purposed all our investment strands to be able to offer this support. These emergency funding streams will be open to applications very soon."

Go here for more information about the fund.

The news comes after Germany's performance rights organisation, GEMA, launched a fund for musicians worth up to €40M.

UK artists have lost £13.9million due to coronavirus, according to the results of a new survey.