Arts Council England has awarded almost £550,000 to 86 individual artists and cultural organisations in the Black Country via its Covid-19 Emergency Response Package.

Announced in March, the Emergency Response Package was designed to help alleviate the immediate pressures faced by artists, creative practitioners, cultural organisations, museums and libraries.

In the Black Country, 65 individuals benefitted from £149,376 investment and 21 organisations received £400,431.

Across the Midlands, £7.9million has been awarded to 1,099 individual artists, creative practitioners and organisations. Find out more here:

Peter Knott, Area Director for Arts Council, said: “We’re pleased to be able to support the cultural sector in the Black Country through our Emergency Response Package. Thanks to the government and National Lottery players we’re able to give vital financial support to the many people and organisations that make up our vibrant cultural sector, for whom Covid-19 has dealt a devastating blow."

The grants so far provided cover the first two elements of the Arts Council’s £160million Emergency Response Package, with decisions yet to be made for the final element.