The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England have announced that 1385 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.
In Lincolnshire this £2,871,313 investment will help 18 theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, to ensure they have a sustainable future and continue to bring joy to local communities and international audiences.
Today’s recipients are those that applied for grants of under £1 million in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund. This funding will help organisations create work and performances, and plan for reopening.
It is the biggest tranche of funding distributed to date from the Culture Recovery Fund, and the first in a series of announcements on the funding programmes administered by Arts Council England. Applicants for grants of over £1 million, as well as those who applied to round two of the fund and the Repayable Finance programme, will be notified of their outcomes shortly.
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.”
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: “We’re delighted the Culture Recovery Fund has enabled support for a wide range of arts and cultural sector companies across Lincoln/shire.
“The government’s package is hugely welcome, providing much of the sector with resources to remain in business through to the Spring. Well-loved community projects, theatres, galleries, museums, clubs, music venues, festivals, key cultural suppliers along with other creative spaces and projects have benefited.
“This is welcome news not only for those in receipt of the funding but also for communities in villages, towns and cities across the Midlands where this matters so much.
“We know that creativity, arts and culture benefit us in so many ways, having a positive impact on our wellbeing, bringing us together and making a significant contribution to the local and national economy – today’s announcements gives us a chance to continue that and contribute to the national recovery, post-Covid.”
Organisations that will be receiving funding in Lincolnshire include:
- BMP The Sound Recording Company (£66,500) – BMP Sound Recordings is one of the UK’s leading classical music recording companies. They have recorded across the UK, Europe and in the USA, including the South Bank Centre, Abbey Road Studios, Notre Dame Cathedral-Paris, and within the Vatican. While the core work is the recording of classical, jazz and other acoustic music, they also provide lecturing to undergraduates on the renowned ‘Tonmeister’ degree at Surrey University. The funding will allow them to carry on working while adapting their office to a Covid-safe environment.
- Lost Village Festival (£250,000) – Lost Village is an intimate four-day experience which takes place in the heart of a forest between Lincoln and Newark. Visitors’ experience and are involved in the creative content – making them part of the show through vast set design, visual arts and immersive theatre. When conditions meant 2020’s festival had to be cancelled, ticket holders were offered either a refund or the ability to transfer tickets to 2021 – this funding will allow them to bring their team back to work, continue marketing, promotions and pay artist fees for 2021’s festival.
- Magna Vitae (£249,500) – SO Festival, an international Street Art festival offering a variety of outdoor entertainment with an array of home-grown and international performances which takes place in Mablethorpe and Skegness in Lincolnshire. The festival aims to increase engagement and interest in the arts with those currently least engaged with culture. This year the festival was shared digitally having linked up with two Scandinavian street festivals. The funding will allow the installation of a digital screen and an opportunity to build new relationships across Lincolnshire.
- New Theatre Royal (£600,000) – hosts up to 300 shows annually, including touring and in-house productions, pantomimes, variety shows, amateur musicals, comedy nights and theatre school shows. This funding will help them protect their staff, and to plan ahead for recorded productions, adaptations to the seating/auditorium and harness and support the countywide creative and cultural aspirations.