Stagetext has been awarded funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund to help small and community led arts organisations and volunteer run museums to subtitle their digital work.
Since the beginning of lockdown, theatres, museums, and galleries, have been releasing more of their work digitally. With many venues unable to open their doors until 2021, the reliance on online videos to share work will continue, and this content needs to be made accessible to the one in six of us who are d/Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.
Thanks to a grant from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, we will be upskilling five digital subtitlers to meet the Stagetext standard and growing demand. We will be offering subsidies on subtitling pre-recorded videos. The subsidy is targeted towards small and community-led arts organisations and volunteer run museums who might not otherwise have the resources available to subtitle their work.
This Government grant will enable us to support small cultural organisations to subtitle all kinds of videos to make them accessible to d/Deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing audiences. This could include short social media videos, pre-recorded interviews, as well as whole productions released online.
We will release full details on the subsidy scheme shortly.