A further 588 cultural organisations across England have benefitted from a share of more than £76 million from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This builds on the 1,385 organisations that received funding in the first round, details of which were announced last week.
Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, said: “This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations. These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England, commented: “Culture is an essential part of life across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world class creative industries. This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis. We will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be announced in the coming weeks.”
This funding will provide a lifeline for a host of organisations, including venues, theatres, events, festivals and event suppliers.
For example, funding is also going to festivals across the country from grassroots arts festival BlackFest based in Liverpool, which is receiving £50,000 to trial socially distanced events, to Shangri-La Glastonbury, which is being awarded £61,059 to develop a new digital art and music event platform and continue work with emerging artists.
Other well-known event organisations and suppliers receiving the funding include: Ampthill Festival, NoNonsense Group, Pearce Hire, Ethix Management, Yes Events, Symphotech, Shropshire Festivals, Metal Culture, Showforce, Strawberries and Creem Festival, Moseley Folk, Truck Festival, Tribe Festivals, Walk the Plank, East of England Showground, Buffalo Power, Brit Row Productions, Bristol Pride, Margate Festival, OneBigStar, On Event Production, Punchdrunk, Letters Live, We Make Stuff Happen and Soar Events.
Further details of grant awards of up to £3 million and £270 million in repayable cultural finance will follow in the coming days and weeks.