- Funding is the biggest tranche of money awarded yet from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
- Blackpool South venues and organisations include Viva Blackpool, The Comedy Station, Blackpool Grand Theatre and The Blackpool Tower Circus
- Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden says investment is a “vital boost” for “cultural beacons” across the country
More than 1,300 arts and cultural organisations are to receive a share of £257 million as part of a vital financial boost from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced today.
The investment will save 1,385 theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure they have a sustainable future. It is the biggest tranche of funding distributed to date from the Culture Recovery Fund.
Those awarded grants in Blackpool South totalling £1,145,646 include Viva Blackpool, The Comedy Station, The Grand Theatre and Tom and Laci Productions Limited better known as The Blackpool Tower Circus.
This funding will help allow performances to restart, venues to plan for reopening and to protect jobs and create opportunities for freelancers.
Those organisations who are set to receive funding will find out this morning from distributor Arts Council England (ACE) what they will receive. Today’s recipients are those that applied for grants of under £1 million in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Aimed at cultural organisations with key national and local significance, the funding will boost iconic venues known around the world.
Culture Secretary Oliver 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.
These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country - from the Beamish museum in County Durham to the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Bristol Old Vic.
This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.
Scott Benton MP adds:
This is fantastic news for the four successful recipients here in Blackpool South.
The arts and their venues play a huge part in people’s lives and the wider community, and I was pleased to support the applications.
I know that these grants will make a real difference in these challenging times, helping protect our culture and save vital local jobs.
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, 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. Further funding will be announced later in the month and we are working hard to support creative organisations and individuals during these challenging times.