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Arts Council England Awards Funding To 1,385 Arts Organisations
Christian Eede , October 12th, 2020 14:52

£257 million has been shared out in the second wave of funding to come from the government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Arts Council England has shared details of the latest wave of funding to be awarded as part of the government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

£257 million has been shared out between 1,385 arts organisations that applied for support over the summer as many music venues remain closed across the UK due to COVID-19 restrictions. All of those who've been awarded money today applied for grants of under £1 million with Arts Council England distributing the funds on behalf of the Department For Digital, Culture, Media And Sport.

It brings the total amount of grants awarded so far to more than £360 million, following on from an initial wave of funding to 135 venues in August. The government announced its £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund in July, but has recently come under fire from figures across the UK's music industry due to a lack of ongoing financial support and comments made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak that people working within the arts sector may have to give up their careers and retrain.

Venues that have received funding include London's Corsica Studios (£407,764), Village Underground (£398,000) and Electrowerkz (£78,000); Manchester's Gorilla (£255,500), Soup Kitchen (£186,579) and Partisan (£53,594); and Bristol's Motion (£884,796).

The London Symphony Orchestra, Wiltshire festival End Of The Road and London radio station Reprezent are also amongst the organisations that have been awarded funding as part of today's latest wave.

"Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages," Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, says. "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 by Arts Council England later in the month. You can find full details of which organisations have been awarded funding today here.

tQ received emergency funding from Arts Council England earlier this year to support us through the early months of the pandemic.