Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds was delighted to learn this week that it is set to receive £119,681 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
The theatre is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
CEO and Artistic Director, Owen Calvert-Lyons says that this grant will help the theatre recover and reopen “We are hugely thankful for a second tranche of support from the Culture Recovery Fund. This money will not only cover the loss caused by a longer than expected closure, but will also insulate us against the challenges of the coming months, whilst we operate with social-distancing measures in place.“
After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.
For Theatre Royal, some of this grant will be used to make improvements to the theatre itself as Owen explains “This grant includes specific capital investment to help us to make improvements to our building which will enhance our customer’s experience. When we re-open, we want to offer an even better experience than before we closed a year ago. This is tax-payers’ money so we have a responsibility to ensure it used to maintain Theatre Royal as a resource for everyone in our community.”
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, recognises the challenge theatres have faced over the last year “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.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, is grateful for the recognition of the importance of culture in our community “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”
The second round of funding is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.