Below is the latest handout just announced by Arts Council England and the BBC.
Those artists who have something to say will be doing so already. The others will just cobble a piece of work together for a quick payday. Clearly both organisations are doing their best to come up with some money for in-need artists. But this is not the way to go about it.
Here’s the scheme:
BBC Arts with Arts Council England, as part of an ongoing relationship, is launching a Culture in Quarantine fund for around 25 established England-based artists of any discipline to produce new works in creative media – video, audio and interactive.
Commissions do not need to be about the current emergency, but they do need to adhere imaginatively and lawfully to the principles of self-isolation. Depending on their nature, each work will be hosted by the BBC online and/or on-air.
We will be inviting brief expressions of interest explaining your idea, how it could be made, and a ballpark budget by Wednesday 8 April. Ideas can be submitted by artists or by the organisations that represent them. Collaborations between artists of different disciplines are welcome.