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Arts Council Reveals Recipients Of Grants Of £1 Million And More
Christian Eede , October 27th, 2020 18:53

London's fabric is amongst the 35 organisations to have received grants in the latest round of funding

The recipients of grants of between £1 and £3 million from the UK government have been revealed by Arts Council England.

35 organisations have received grants in this latest round of funding with London club fabric among them having been given £1.5 million. Other institutions such as Shakespeare's Globe, the English National Ballet and Sadler's Wells also featured on the latest list of recipients.

"The cultural recovery fund will be a vital lifeline for us, particularly as we expect to be unable to open for regular club events for the foreseeable future," reads a statement shared by fabric. "The latest developments suggest that hosting reduced activities will be our best case scenario for at least the next six months. With this in mind, part of the grant will be used to secure the survival of the venue, including covering rent, critical maintenance and introducing COVID-secure infrastructure to ensure that we can bring people together safely when we reopen.

"The grant will also be used to develop a range of new initiatives, including a live stream series, expert-led tutorials, and community outreach programmes celebrating under-represented groups in our community. The past months have allowed us to reflect on all of the ways we can improve as a cultural entity and we will implement these as soon as we begin activity. The fund will provide income for artists, technicians and staff, and we'll share full details soon."

This latest round of grants takes the total amount allocated to organisations to around £500 million, according to the Department For Digital, Culture, Media And Sport. £1.57 billion has been ring-fenced so far for the government's Culture Recovery Fund, as a means of supporting business amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts Council England began awarding grants earlier this month, while tQ also received emergency support from Arts Council England in an earlier wave of funding in July.

A number of venues have been unsuccessful in their application for support however, including London's Printworks, which is owned by Broadwick Live, a company that operates venues in London and Manchester.

"We pride ourselves on being a brand that upholds the importance of music and culture in the lives of so many," the team at Printworks said in a statement that addresses the venue's unsuccessful application. "For the past four years, Printworks has provided a platform for countless artists, both established and emerging, bringing unforgettable experiences to the thousands of music fans we have had the pleasure of inviting through our doors."