New report highlights impact of Covid pandemic on arts sector

Findings from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Annual Funding Survey published last week highlight the stark pressures placed on the arts sector as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Employment levels and income generation have experienced substantial shifts and major changes were reported on how audiences access arts programming, as more activities moved online.

Key findings:

  • 97 organisations received £12.9m
  • 9% fall in total income
  • 99% fall in Income from ticket sales
  • 27% decline in contract/freelance employment
  • 67,000 to 59 drop in in-person arts activities
  • 15m audiences for online arts activities

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.