The People’s Orchestra is one of hundreds of arts venues and organisations confirmed to receive a share of the government’s £1.57 billion art bailout to help cultural organisations hardest hit during the pandemic. We’re delighted to receive £54,000 towards our ongoing recovery and essential community led programs.
The Express & Star Reported:
“The Government cash is part of a £1.6 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help protect more than 1,300 places hit by Covid-19 which “form the soul of our nation”, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said. Recipients in the West Midlands will receive almost £17m, with the funding aimed at helping performances restart, assisting venues to plan for reopening and protecting jobs.
They include Birmingham Royal Ballet, which has been given £500,000 to help off-set the loss of earnings from performances and touring. Lichfield Garrick Theatre got £279,446, while The Guild of St Mary’s Centre in the city received £64,126. Many other organisations and venues within the West Midlands also received financial funding.
Michael Fabricant, the MP for Lichfield, said: “These Government awards will help keep arts venues alive during this difficult Covid-19 period.
“I am delighted that two Lichfield arts centres have been awarded grants worth more than £343,000. With the expectation that a combination of vaccine and drug treatments will render Covid-19 less dangerous in the spring and beyond, our theatres and performance spaces will be able to return to normal for most of 2021. The importance of these grants is to keep them alive until then.”
Wolverhampton South West MP Stuart Anderson, said: “This first round of funding will help local venues to weather the financial impact of Coronavirus.”
Other recipients of funding include Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club, Bristol’s Old Vic theatre and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Andrew Lovett, chairman of the Association of Independent Museums whose members across the country are accessing parts of the cash, said: “I cannot overstate the significance of the announcements. This support isn’t spending. It is an investment in something that people of this country value deeply with pride, fascination and affection,” added Mr Lovett, who is also Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) chief executive. “This Government funding is putting the breaks on the decline we have all seen since Covid-19 struck.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, the chairman of Arts Council England, which is distributing the money, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This is a difficult time for us all, but this first round of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund will help sustain hundreds of cultural spaces and organisations that are loved and admired by local communities and international audiences.”
Mr Dowden said: “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.””
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