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Cultural sector support during COVID-19

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The Council's Artist Development Team (Cultural Team and the Harris combined) recognises the impact of the Coronavirus on the local cultural sector.

This page outlines support that is available and the actions we are taking to help the sector.

Looking for help - contact our team

The Council's cultural team is offering bookable sessions with a member of the team to help where they can, such as:

  • help navigating support available
  • advice on an application
  • help with commission opportunities
  • other support need

To book a slot, please complete our online form and a member of the team will contact you to arrange a time.

Book a call with our team

Other Support Available

The Government has announced a scheme to support the self-employed affected by the Coronavirus, delivered through HMRC and detailed on the Government website.

Further details of support for businesses affected can be found on our Support from government for businesses affected by Coronavirus page.

Artists and events engaged with the Council

All artists booked by the Council for events and activities that had to be cancelled have been contacted to agree a way forward and we supported those individuals and organisations where possible.

Seeding funding for Preston Mela and Making a Mark, both part of the Council's summer events programme, was released early to assist in their transition.

Commissioned Opportunities

In order to support the sector through the pandemic, the Harris developed a number of opportunities aimed at supporting the city's cultural sector. 

The opportunities (below) are now closed but keep an eye on the Harris website for future updates.

View the list below on previous commission opportunities listed on the Harris website:

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