Dafydd Elis Thomas MS, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism
The pandemic continues to present challenges for cultural and creative freelancers throughout Wales. We applaud their resilience and creativity throughout this period.
The £63m Cultural Recovery Fund has provided essential support to sustain the arts and creative sector, with the hope organisations and individuals will be able to thrive again in not-too-distant future.
The Freelancers Fund has already supported almost 3,500 freelancers through the first three phases of support.
I am pleased to announce today, an additional allocation of £8.9m from the Cultural Recovery Fund for freelancers. It will mean each of the freelancers already supported will receive an additional £2,500 contribution to support them through this extended period of reduced activity.
The freelance sector plays a pivotal part in the Welsh economy and I am delighted we are able to provide additional support, which acknowledges the important contribution they make to Welsh cultural life.