Reading Cultural Sector Emergency Response

Our arts sector is facing an unprecedented challenge as we learn to adapt to our current reality.

To help navigate these challenging times, Reading Borough Council and Reading UK have developed this web page in partnership with Readipop, Culture Mix, The Cultural Education Partnership, Jelly, Reading Fringe Festival, What’s On Reading and the Reading Festivals’ Group, to help you through these times as much as possible.

In an effort to support, there is an emergency response email address that you can contact if you have questions about the information on this page or if you need more information that isn’t currently listed. This is monitored by a team of people from both Reading UK and Reading Borough Council and we will come back to you within 48 hours. Contact us via


  • Arts Council England has announced their package of support here, they have also put together a number of lists of additional funding sources that are specific to individuals, arts organisations and NPOs. Find out more>>>

Please note that if you have never applied for ACE funding you need to set up a Grantium profile to apply, this must be done by the 13th of April.



A number of organisations are now operating online, which can present different challenges. Here are a few links to help keep people safe online, when using video conferencing platforms.

Podcast: applying for Arts Council Emergency Response funding

Mary Genis (Culture Mix), Suzanne Stallard (Jelly), Gavin Lombos (Readipop) and Zsuzsi Lindsay (Reading UK) talk about the £160 million funding pot the Arts Council has announced to support artists and creative practitioners during this period. Specifically, the podcast covers what the fund is, who it is for, how to apply, the application and decision-making processes, how much you can apply for and what the funding can cover.

Reading UK and Reading Borough Council response

Covid-19 Emergency Funding Webinars
Arts Council England will not be running information sessions for the emergency funding pot. However, we will be running webinars and one-to-one sessions on Tuesday 14 April and Tuesday 21 April to help you fill out your application. You can apply for funding to attend these sessions, although there are limited places we will do our best to accommodate. Please click here to apply to one of the two sessions.

Please note, if you have never applied for Arts Council Funding before you must apply for a Grantium profile before the 13th April - click here to set one up.

Covid-19 Podcast Emergency Funding Webinars
Thank you very much to Mary Genis (Culture Mix), Suzanne Stallard (Jelly), Gavin Lombos (Readipop) and Zsuzsi Lindsay (Reading UK) for their insight – click here to listen.

Click the links below for the guidance that the team spoke about.

Additional Support Coming Soon
We will be releasing details, in the next two weeks, of two commissioning pots for Reading based artists and arts organisations to apply to. These pots are aimed to help continue to create and share art in these unprecedented times.

Additionally, we are in the process of developing an online platform which will support artists in creating new work and communities in accessing culture for their well-being in these isolated times.

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In the meantime, check out what the amazing events the arts community are already delivering on line and make sure you let us know if you are doing something that we haven’t already picked up on. Reading Live events on sister site – What’s On Reading