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20th May 2021 in Arts

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is asking artists and organisations that received emergency funding in the last 12 months to complete a short online survey to evaluate its impact on the sector.

With the support of the Department for Communities, the Arts Council has invested over £26m over the past year to support artist and arts organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the crisis, over 3,000 grants were awarded to artists and arts organisations including arts venues, galleries, and community arts groups, as well as individual practitioners and freelance workers, whose work had been cancelled or postponed as a result of the pandemic.

Karly Greene, Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships, commented:

“We are acutely aware of the need to monitor the impact of this funding, with a view to gathering firm evidence to support a case for future investment in the sector.”

“With this in mind, we are asking all organisations and individual artists in receipt of funding under one of our emergency COVID-19 programmes to complete a short on-line survey. It’s vital that we hear directly from artists and arts organisations if we are to build a full picture on the current stability of the sector.”

The online survey is being managed independently on behalf of the Arts Council by Social Market Research, a Northern Ireland based company with over 20 years’ experience of delivering high quality research services, locally.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete.  Artists and arts organisations in receipt of emergency funding will receive a unique link to the survey via a dedicated e-mail from Social Market Research inviting them to complete the survey.

Respondents have until the 31 May to complete their survey.

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