Why Arts Council England must take a step change in its funding to Black and Brown organisations, starting this year.

Image credit: Paul Ayre This article, written by Kevin Osborne, is also published on his LinkedIn page. The war in Ukraine, the cost-of-living crisis, the Northern Ireland protocol, levelling up and partygate have pushed Black Lives Matter from the headlines. And the priority given to underlying racial inequalities – in education, criminal justice and the arts

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Why levelling up shouldn’t mean levelling down on diversity

Image credit: Paul Ayre This article, written by Kevin Osborne, is also published on his LinkedIn page. How will Arts Council England square the circle of delivering increased funding to regions outside London while also meeting its commitment to increase funding to Black-led* organisations? asks Kevin Osborne. This commitment was made in the wake of Covid

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What can investment contribute to race equity?

Image credit: Paul Ayre This article, written by Kevin Osborne, is also published on his LinkedIn page. The existential question of race inequity demands new solutions. Kevin Osborne and Genevieve Maitland Hudson explore the potential of impact investment. Not every business owner in the UK is in the same position today. If you’re a white entrepreneur your access to

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Addressing the inequity of funding decisions

Image credit: Paul Ayre This article, written by Kevin Osborne, was first published in Arts Professional. Funding ‘criteria’ tell you what a funder will or won’t support, but organisational ‘constraints’ ultimately determine what gets funded, says Kevin Osborne. There are written rules when applying for arts funding: set criteria which outline the funder’s priorities, the activities

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Whose ‘lived experience’ matters most?

Image credit: Paul Ayre This article, written by Kevin Osborne, was first published in Arts Professional. A new strand of political correctness is reshaping conversations on race: the idea of ‘lived experience’ driving the debate. While the intention is good, Kevin Osborne argues it throws up new questions. There is a new belief that any

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We need to talk about race

Image credit: Paul Ayre This article, written by Kevin Osborne, was first published in Arts Professional. A reluctance to share opinions openly is a significant block to achieving racial equity. But as Kevin Osborne argues, without understanding prevailing attitudes to racial inequity we are unlikely to reach effective solutions. For the last 12 months I have been

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Racial equity: a zero-sum game?

Image credit: Paul Ayre This article, written by Kevin Osborne, was first published in Arts Professional. The fight for racially equitable funding in the creative industries is what drove Kevin Osborne to set up Create Equity. Here he argues the need for Black and White leaders to work together to make it happen. The question of whether increased

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Why funders must pledge to fund equitably

MeWe360’s CEO, Kevin Osborne, writes in an article published in Arts Professional about the need for funders to distribute resources equitably.  I was optimistic about the possibility for change to the stark and urgent problem of only 2.4% of regular arts funding going to BAME* organisations when the BAME population is 14%. But as I

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

This article, written by Kevin Osborne, was first published in Arts Professional.   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,

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Funding BAME Creativity. The New Normal

Two weeks ago I produced an online event with MeWe360 ‘Funding BAME Creativity – Exploring The New Normal’. The aim of the event was to ‘dig deep’ into the systemic racial bias in UK arts funding. Bringing together major funders in the sector, our panelists included Francis Runacres, Executive Director, Enterprise & Innovation, Arts Council England;  Dame Caroline

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