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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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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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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Beyond Culture Recovery

The distribution of Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund has attracted widespread criticism, not least from those campaigning for greater diversity. Kevin Osborne calls for urgent action. Huge energy has been expended by Arts Council England (ACE) on distributing the £1.7 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF). There is a clear need for this distribution of funds at

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The Times: Tribal Tree founder who gave stars chance to shine lines up new act

Kevin Osborne helped launch urban music stars such as Plan B. Now the entrepreneur plans a new investment in talent from minority backgrounds. As a musician, Kevin Osborne played in bands that supported the likes of Prince, Chaka Khan and Curtis Mayfield. As a social entrepreneur, he has helped a new generation of stars to

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Covid-19 and the Experience of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Creative Entrepreneurs

The full report on the experience of black, asian and minority ethnic creative entrepreneurs during covid-19 is available to download here. Foreword 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. In

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Impact investment and diversity in the arts: Outlining the challenge I want to solve

IMPACT INVESTMENT AND DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS: OUTLINING THE CHALLENGE I WANT TO SOLVE   Racial inequality in arts funding will not be resolved by grants alone. A BAME-led investment fund would be a pragmatic and transformative solution. It is widely acknowledged, including by the UK’s large arts funders, that our funding system is racially

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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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Open Letter to Arts Council England

Dear Darren / Sir Nicholas, Arts Council England (ACE) has tried everything it can think of to improve diversity. The effort has been immense (this should be acknowledged) but the results, in your own words, have been ‘disappointing’. Your recent calls for the Arts Council to do judi slot online jackpot terbesar better on racial

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