More than 1,300 arts and cultural organisations are breathing a sigh of relief today (October 12) as the Government has revealed details of the grants awarded in the first round of its Culture Recovery Fund.

Festivals and event organisations – including WOMAD, Y Not Festivals, We Are The Fair, Deer Shed, Cheltenham Festivals, Dock Street Events, Bloodstock, SSD Concerts, Fit the Bill, Brighton Pride, Pyrojunkies, HPSS, Gallowglass, APL Event, Fourth Generation, Arcadia Spectacular, Continental Drifts, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, DHP Family, ESS, Color Sound Experiment, Events Design Company, SWG Events, Slam Dunk and Nozstock to name a few – have benefited from a share of £257 million, as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Paul Reed, CEO of the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), commented on the Culture Recovery Fund results.

In fact, 22 AIF members out of 31, which applied for round one of CRF, were successful, with total allocated funding totaling £4,461,976. Grants ranged from £50,000 to £783,939.

Reed said: “We warmly welcome this intervention from Government and the results of the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund. Seventy-one per cent of AIF members who applied for a CRF grant in round one have been offered funding and it’s nothing short of a lifeline for those who have been successful.

“We thank DCMS and Arts Council England for this support, which amounts to almost £4.5 million into the independent festival sector across our membership. This will have a hugely positive impact on the survival of these businesses.

“We are pleased that we were able to work positively with DCMS officials to ensure that festival organisers were eligible for the fund and they should be praised for their diligence in supporting the sector. We’re also aware that not all independent festivals had good news today and not all received funding. We’ll continue to support, represent and fight for our membership throughout this crisis.”

Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, commented on the awards: “The Government is here for culture and we have worked around the clock to get this record investment out to the frontline.

“It will allow our wonderful theatres, museums, music venues and cultural organisations to survive this crisis and start putting on performances again – protecting jobs and creating new work for freelancers.

“This is just the start – with hundreds of millions pounds more on the way for cultural organisations of all sizes that still need our help.”


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