The Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission exists to support our sector: to champion our strengths and advocate for the central role we play in the city’s life and its economy. At this moment of national crisis, which has created a substantial threat for our city’s cultural offer, our collective actions and creative responses are more important than ever. We are in close dialogue across Brighton & Hove City Council, Arts Council England, Department of Culture, Media & Sport and others and we want to make sure the whole sector’s experience in the city is reflected. We would also like to offer our support in the most useful ways we can.

As artists and organisations you are resourceful, adaptable, inventive & generous. This is a moment to unite and protect the cultural life of Brighton & Hove, by being there for one another, finding different ways to connect with audiences and coming up with solutions together to what right now, on our own, might seem unsolvable.

Our contribution to this effort is to create an online directory listing current local virtual arts activity; alongside regularly updating information on funds & government grants/loans available to artists, organisations & creative businesses and to act as a central signpost for the city. Additionally, our free online surgeries are now live. These 45-minutes sessions are designed to help you plan some of the practical aspects of your financial arrangements, for example forecasting & creating contingency plans, as we move gradually in to the city’s recovery phase. The council has also developed an online portal for those of you with small businesses (those paying business rates below £51k) to check if you are eligible for a rateable value grant.

Stay safe and well – and when you can, keep on creating, you are the people that make Brighton & Hove such a special city.