Round two of the government’s Culture Relief Fund grants were announced by Arts Council England on Saturday 17th October. In the round one announcement made on Monday 12th October, one hundred and three organisations in the East of England benefit from over £18.5m worth of grants. Round two sees just over £9m being distributed to fifty-one arts organisations in our region in an attempt to help them survive the next six months.
The biggest single grant of £985k went to Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust. Founded in 1936 this theatre has launched the career of many well-known names and boasts that the last four directors of the National Theatre all directed at the Arts Theatre at the beginning of their careers. Cambridge based Britten Sinfonia received £197k which will allow them to stage covid compliant events across the East of England early in 2021.
We are so grateful for our award from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which will enable us to develop an extensive, Covid-compliant strand of work encompassing nearly 100 new live events for communities throughout the East of England. That means crucial income for our freelance musicians who have endured so much financial hardship in recent months. This award helps us to bring our audiences and our musicians back together again in the way that we, and they, have all longed for – sharing the experience of live, world class music with each other.MEURIG BOWEN, Chief Executive and Artistic Director.
The grants were awarded based on what the applicants believed their business would need in order to remain viable over the next six months. With many close to closure, the awards offer a much needed injection of hope as much as cash.
Suffolk’s HighTide Festival and FolkEast received £78k and £80k respectively with the largest theatre in the region, Ipswich Regent, being granted £488k.
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.Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England