The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Cultural Leadership Board freelancer working group commissioned a report in spring 2023 to better understand what support is available for freelancers both regionally and nationally.
The report showed that there were over 200 different support offers in place. Given the board is now looking at how freelancers can be better supported going forward, the findings have raised some questions about whether more support is needed – or if the problem is actually around finding or accessing existing support for freelancers.
WMCA are inviting freelancers, cultural organisations and anyone involved with the cultural sector to attend a presentation by Jenny Smith from Curiosity Productions on the key findings of the report – as well as join a discussion about how to best shape future support offer.
Join WMC at Birmingham Open Media (BOM) on Thursday 28 September from 12.30pm until 3pm. This event is free, lunch will be provided and bursaries are available. The insight from this event will inform the future support offer for freelancers by the West Midlands Combined Authority, including the £4.1m Commonwealth Games Legacy Enhancement Fund.