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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Happy New Year, from our CEO

I spent a lot of last year talking about money and power in my various articles for MeWe and Create Equity, exploring the barriers to racial diversity, equity and inclusion in the creative industries. Strangely, I feel slightly uncomfortable about it. I’m self-conscious challenging those with more power than me, while wanting more for myself.

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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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BAME OVER – THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

MeWe360‘s CEO Kevin Osborne has published this piece on his LinkedIn, continuing the fantastic debate around the acronym BAME. The article has also been published on 29th April 2021 on Arts Professional. You can read the piece below. Photo designed by Paul Ayre.   BAME OVER – THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES Several people have challenged my

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MeWe Online Retreat 2020 – The Importance of Knowing Your Purpose

“Just as people cannot live without eating, so a business cannot live without profits. But most people don’t live to eat, and neither must businesses live just to make profits.” – John Mackey, Whole Foods In his introduction at MeWe’s 2020 online member’s retreat, our CEO Kevin Osborne talks about the importance of knowing your

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