Rajinder Dudrah, Professor of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries at Birmingham City University said: ”This is a welcome sum of money towards the recovery of a severely hit sector, coming at what is possibly the most challenging time for British arts and culture in its history. However, this must not be a one off and needs to be part of a sustained effort by the government in partnership with the wider sector in the years ahead.

“The effect of the past 12 months will be with us for some time, and it's important that we do not lose sight of protecting and developing our diverse arts and culture within this fragile context. How and where this money will be spent, not least across our regions will also be key to building back our successful creative industries – particularly with major events such as Coventry 2021 and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on the near horizon. 

“It is crucial that for the hundreds of thousands of creatives and arts and culture organisations, we work towards building a sustainable future for our sector.”