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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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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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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What implications does the move to cut or contextualise films & TV programmes have for arts & culture?

  On Tuesday, 9 June 2020, HBO Max temporarily removed Gone with the Wind (1939) from their platform. I’ve never watched it (it’s four hours long!) but if, as the studio said, it had negative representations of black people and glorified the role of slave owners then I’m glad it’s gone for now – as I’m

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