More than 2,700 organisations have been offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans to help the culture and heritage sectors reopen and recover. This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the CRF so far to more than £1.2 billion.
The Arts Council has awarded more than £261 million in grants to hundreds of theatres, music venues, dance companies, museums and festivals across the country, with more than 70 per cent of funding going to organisations outside of London. These grants will help organisations welcome back visitors and return to normal operating models in the months ahead.
Glastonbury Festival will receive £900,000 to help the festival continue in 2021, with two smaller events this year, as well as carry the festival through to 2022. Meanwhile, almost £60 million has been awarded to help theatres plan for reopening in every corner of the country from the West End’s Criterion Theatre to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.
Comedy clubs, music venues and multi-purpose stages continue to be supported with award-winning Brighton venue Komedia, which usually programmed more than 700 events a year to provide a platform for performers launching their careers, will receive £123,500 to resume socially distanced music, comedy and theatre performances. £213,853 will support the leading independent grassroots venue the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds to restart live events. Iconic venues like the Camden Roundhouse are also being supported with awards of £1,500,000 to welcome back audiences to live events.
DCMS has also offered a further £81 million in Repayable Finance to 24 nationally and internationally significant organisations receiving support in excess of £1 million, including English Heritage Trust, The Lowry and The Sage Gateshead.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”
Michael and Emily Eavis, organisers of Glastonbury, said: “We’re extremely grateful to be offered a significant award from the Culture Recovery Fund. After losing millions from the cancellation of our last two festivals, this grant will make a huge difference in helping to secure our future.”
At last month’s Budget, the Chancellor announced a £300 million boost for the Culture Recovery Fund, as part of a wider £408 million package for arts and culture taking direct Government investment in the sector since the start of the pandemic stands at almost £2 billion.
Successful applicants of Round 2 of the CRF include Arcadia Spectacular, Artichoke Trust, Athena Events, Bath Festivals, Big Foot Events, Boomtown, Brighton Pride, Bristol Pride, Broadstairs Folk Week, Buddha Group, Buffalo Power, Cheltenham Festivals, CJC Events, Color Sound Experiment, SFL Group, Proud Events, Connection Crew, Enteetainment, EPS Oxford, Event Prop Hire, Fit the Bill, Fourth Generation, GLS Sound and Light, Gallowglass, Gorilla Marketing and Events, Harrier UK, Hay Festival, JP Event Safety, Judgeday, Kambe Events, KB Events, Stage Audio Services, Lance Show and Publications, Letters Live, Lichfield Festival, Liz Hobbs Group, New Forest Folk Festival, Redwood Event Solutions, Rigging Services, Smart Power, Shropshire Festivals, Standon Calling, Towersey Festival, Upfest, Vision Nine, Walk the Plank, We are The Fair, LFX Events, Zig Zag Lighting, Y Not Festivals, We Out Here, Wild Rumpus, Go To Live and True Staging.
Further details on the third round of the Culture Recovery Fund will be available in due course.
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