New body established to plan recovery of region’s cultural sector

I’ll mention this here because it’s something I only found out about by accident. It may also have escaped the notice of some cultural, arts and creative enterprises.

Culture Central is leading a new body responsible for planning the recovery of the West Midlands’ arts and cultural sector, which is vital vital not just culturally and creatively but also economically.

Culture Central says of the new West Midlands Culture Response Unit (WMCRU):

Covid-19 has decimated the cultural sector around the world. We think that the West Midlands should respond to this unprecedented threat in a typically generous, loud and collaborative manner.

The West Midlands Culture Response Unit will develop and deliver an action-orientated, sector-led response to the Covid-19 crisis in the short, medium and long term. The purpose is to ensure the visibility, viability and recovery of the Cultural Sector in the West Midlands.

The unit is led by Culture Central…and is intended to exist for at least 6 months, during which time we will support the implementation of a continuity and recovery response.

If this is something you want to be part of, contribute to, or simply have a keen interest in because the region’s arts and cultural scene is close to your heart, then find out more at the links below:

REGISTER for news and updates from the WMCRU, follow the Facebook discussion group and more

Blog post about the WMCRU by Culture Central director, Erica Love

Coverage of the new unit on the GBSLEP website


Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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