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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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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Systemic funding failures: it’s time to fix the fault lines

“ACE needs to create a £12.38m BAME investment fund that will support creative enterprises and entrepreneurs” The renewed energy and publicity across the world being poured into the fight for racial equality is colliding with the Covid crisis, taking us to a crossroads for arts funding in the UK. All funders – especially Arts Council

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Reflecting on the impact of MeWe360 with Clore Leadership

MeWe360 (‘MeWe’) is a not-for-profit organisation, set up to develop BAME entrepreneurs – and their enterprises – in the arts and creative industries. It was a project motivated by anguish and hope. Anguish, born of my frustration at the underachievement and under-representation of BAME leaders; and hope that, through MeWe, we can help unlock the

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