An additional £151 million has been given to arts and culture organisations across England, adding to the £257 million earlier in October, coming from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Read a full list of recipients here.
Comedy clubs, circuses, festivals, regional theatres and local museums are among 588 arts and cultural organisations receiving a share of more than £76 million in essential support. Meanwhile, 35 of the country’s leading cultural organisations and venues will be the first to receive grants between £1 and £3 million from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
Venues and organisations among the 588 receiving a share of the £76 million include the Military Wives Choirs, The Hepworth Wakefield, Night and Day in Manchester, Whitby’s Tomorrow’s Ghosts Gothic Festival, London’s Somerset House and Kneehigh Theatre in Cornwall.
£75 million, split into between £1-3 million grants, will protect some of the nation’s most significant stages, from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe and the internationally renowned Sadler’s Wells to major theatres like the Old Vic, Sheffield Crucible, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Theatre Royal Plymouth. These famous organisations have been essential stepping stones for some of the UK’s brightest stars including Adrian Lester, Abi Morgan, Mark Rylance and David Tennant.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations. These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.
"As part of our unprecedented £1.57 billion rescue fund, today we’re saving British cultural icons with large grants of up to £3 million - from Shakespeare’s Globe to the Sheffield Crucible. These places and organisations are irreplaceable parts of our heritage and what make us the cultural superpower we are. This vital funding will secure their future and protect jobs right away."
The 35 organisations receiving between £1-3m are:
- ACC Liverpool Group Limited
- Adlib Audio Limited
- BH Live
- Bill Kenwright Limited
- Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre
- Birmingham Museums Trust
- Birmingham Repertory Theatre
- Black Country Living Museum
- Design Museum
- Dulwich Picture Gallery
- English National Ballet
- Exchange Events Ltd (Gandey Productions)
- Fabric Life Ltd
- Hull City Council
- Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
- Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd
- Leeds Theatre Trust Limited (Playhouse)
- Lights Control Rigging Productions Ltd
- London Transport Museum
- The Mayflower Theatre Trust
- Newcastle Theatre Royal
- North Music Trust (Sage Gateshead)
- Northampton Theatres Trust (Royal & Derngate)
- Norwich Theatre
- The Octagon Theatre Trust
- The Old Vic Theatre Trust
- Performances Birmingham Limited
- Rambert (Britain's oldest dance company)
- Royal Exchange, Manchester
- Sadler's Wells
- Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
- Shakespeare's Globe
- Sheffield Theatres Trust Ltd
- Theatre Royal Plymouth Ltd
- Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 1982 Ltd
A wide range of art forms will benefit from the £76 million of awards under £1m including:
Circus arts: Zippos Circus, one of the oldest circuses still running in the UK, receiving £628,986 to continue with COVID-19-secure performances across the country and the National Centre for Circus Arts will be able to safely provide workshops and classes for artists and young people thanks to a grant of £466,000. Circus Berlin, Gateshead will receive £423,000 to help fund performances with socially distanced audiences to continue through the months ahead. Circus Berlin has offered a culturally diverse and modern take on traditional circus for 30 years and mixes a variety of facts from different cultures.
Festivals: grassroots arts festival BlackFest based in Liverpool, which is receiving £50,000 to trial socially distanced events, and Shangri-La Glastonbury, the contemporary art producers behind one of the iconic festival’s most legendary stages where some of the world’s biggest artists including Lady Gaga and Madonna have performed, which is being awarded £61,059 to develop a new digital art and music event platform and continue work with emerging artists.
Grassroots music venues like Night and Day in Manchester whose support for local unsigned artists has launched major careers for well-known acts like Elbow.
Comedy venues and festivals: The internationally renowned Leicester Comedy Festival is the longest running and largest comedy festival of its kind in Europe and a grant of £105,000 will allow planning to continue for next year’s festival. Liverpool’s only purpose-built comedy club, The Hot Water Comedy Club, is receiving a £450,000 grant from the Culture Recovery Fund to cover fixed costs for the comedy club and the additional measures needed to make the venue COVID-19-safe for performances. The Comedy Store, the largest employer of professional comedy performers in the UK and one of Europe’s most significant comedy institutions, will receive £964,252 to retain staff in both city locations and deliver an exciting programme that will provide fees for more than 250 freelancers.
Darlington Hippodrome in County Durham is receiving £1 million to run a programme of engagement activities including youth theatre courses, adult dance classes and community events ranging from themed tours of the theatre to art classes for local people.
Kneehigh Theatre, Cornwall is receiving £249,833 to enable Kneehigh to reopen in December and deliver safe, accessible, outdoor artistic experiences including a walk-through exhibition and performances by firelight.
Whitby’s Tomorrow’s Ghosts Gothic Festival, North Yorkshire will receive £55,000 to help provide the financial stability it needs to grow the internationally renowned festival in 2021 and to support its digital strategy for the autumn. The biannual Tomorrow’s Ghosts Gothic Festival has been a pilgrimage for fans of Bram Stoker’s famous novel, Dracula, for over 25 years and has also attracted visitors due to the architectural and cultural heritage of the town. The festival is of huge economic importance to Whitby as it provides a huge influx of visitors for two off-peak weeks of the year and raises the profile of the town to bring additional tourists year-round.
Night and Day, Manchester will receive £64,745 to enable the venue to host local socially distanced showcases from December until it can host the live music events for which it is best known.
Military Wives Choir, London - £92,057 will ensure the continuation of the central charity team which supports choirs across the country, helping them to find and fund rehearsal venues, pay musical directors, deliver weekly rehearsals and continue to offer safe spaces for over 2,000 women. The Military Wives Choir rose to fame through the BBC documentary series with Gareth Malone and was recently the subject of a film starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan. It creates cultural opportunities across the UK, often in very remote areas where there is limited access. It is run by, for and with women in the military community, often giving voice to overlooked talented creative practitioners.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Yorkshire will get £50,000 towards producing a three-day event across what would have been the opening weekend of this year’s festival. The programme will include three live broadcasts, two socially distanced installations, eight new commissions, and a small number of live performances for a limited audience. The grant will also increase its Learning and Participation provision from autumn 2020 – March 2021, to ensure that it is serving and creating opportunities for the local community.
Walk the Plank, Salford - £170,268 will allow Walk the Plank to continue working with clients on socially distanced outdoor arts solutions for events as well as adapting its training programme to include new learning resources. Walk the Plank are highly regarded outdoor arts specialists and innovators working in public spaces. Producing civic and community-led celebrations fusing performance, puppetry, choreography with spectacular making, fire, music and sfx, Walk the Plank has a track record of excellence in environmental sustainability and support for its freelance workforce.
Solfest, Cumbria - £100,000 will be used to salvage events from the cancelled 2020 programme due to take place in August to take place throughout the winter. It will also enable planning for Solfest 2021. Solfest is Cumbria’s longest running outdoor music festival offering a range of different stages on a single event, offering world music, traditional folk, reggae, dance and traditional Cumbrian arts.
ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, Southampton - £50,544 will enable ZoieLogic to deliver outdoor dance events designed for social distancing, which will be initially taught online before a live Covid-secure event. ZoieLogic Dance Theatre is recognised as a national leader in the development of boys and male dance and a centre of excellence for youth and community engagement through training practitioners, creating job opportunities and providing mentoring.
Create Studios, Swindon - £195,222 will enable Create Studios to purchase a mobile unit for crucial outreach work across the country that will enable young people to participate in digital and creative activities without having to travel. Create Studios are a film and digital media community interest company and social enterprise based in Swindon which supports local talent development with ground-breaking mentorship and training programmes that give young creative people from diverse backgrounds the skills to equip themselves for the creative industries. Create supported the first film of David Yates, who went on to direct many of the Harry Potter films and the Fantastic Beasts series.
Somerset House, Westminster, London - £850,000 will enable Somerset House to reboot its sustainable business model, adapt its creative spaces for social distancing, and restart its Creative Careers Programme as well as develop a limited cultural programme.
Paraorchestra, Bristol - £156,000 will enable Paraorchestra to develop small-scale work adhering to social distancing guidelines, adapt their indoor immersive work for outdoor settings and produce hybrid performances to allow musicians still shielding to perform. Paraorchestra is the world’s only large-scale integrated virtuoso ensemble of professional disabled and non-disabled musicians offering a new model of inclusive orchestral practice and an approach to providing a representative platform for disabled musicians to work at the highest level. They are the only orchestra to headline a stage at Glastonbury Festival.
The Puppet Theatre Barge, London - £52,352 will be used to support a staged reopening, starting with digital productions and live streaming and moving towards regular live performances. The Puppet Theatre Barge has been putting on a programme of unique puppet shows on a converted 72ft-long Thames barge for over thirty years and is one of the only venues specialising in using string marionettes.
The Hepworth Wakefield Trust, Wakefield, Yorkshire - £146,726 will support The Hepworth Wakefield to present a free exhibition drawn from its own extensive collection.
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Buckinghamshire - £219,008 will secure the future of the museum’s collection and enable it to remain open. Chiltern Open Air Museum rescues threatened historic buildings which would otherwise be demolished, including Turdor barns and a Victorian toll house, and rebuilds and preserves them in a traditional Chilterns landscape.
Hofesh Shechter Company, Brighton - £250,000 will enable Hofesh Shechter Company to run a reduced programme, including completion of an exciting new commission that will premiere in March 21, as well as development of a digital learning programme for schools. Hofesh Shechter Company is recognised internationally as a boundary-breaking dance company founded by Israeli choreographer, dancer and composer Hofesh Shechter who was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Choreography in 2016 for his work on Bartlett Sher’s revival of Fiddler on the Roof.
Britten Sinfonia, Cambridge - £197,810 will enable Britten Sinfonia to run a range of activities, including a programme of 90 socially distanced and accessible concerts and learning events across remote and rural areas in the East of England.
Kings Place, Islington, London - £562,000 will support Kings Place to offer hour-long, socially-distanced performances plus low cost family events, talks and local walks. Kings Place is an arts centre with a critically-acclaimed programme of national importance, known for its innovative formats for music and spoken word and championing new music through regular commissions, the Luminate series and Cryptic’s Sonica Festival.
Berkshire Maestros, Reading - £783,746 will ensure Berkshire Maestros can continue to deliver music lessons and projects for as many young people as possible across the county through a mixture of online and face-to-face teaching. Berkshire Maestros is the longest standing independent music trust in the UK since it began in 1982 and has hosted a concert of its students in the Royal Albert Hall.
Vindolanda Trust, Hexham - £250,000 will enable Vindolanda Trust to open its significant historical Hadrian’s Wall sites during the traditionally low-income October to March ‘shoulder’ season. The Trust owns and administers two significant Hadrian’s Wall Sites, one at Vindolanda, now regarded one of the most important Roman sites in Britain, and the other at Roman Magna/Carvoran which awaits excavation.
Future DJs, Knutsford - £175,000 will enable Future DJs to build on its existing work with schools and introduce virtual classrooms to work with music teachers to build in-school remote teaching programmes and run artist masterclasses. Future DJs provide digital music education for children and young people across Cheshire and work with artists such as Goldie MBE and double Ivor Novello nominee, Ghetts.
Nottingham Museums - £180,000 to help reopen Wollaton Hall, an Elizabethan mansion, and stabilise the future of the group which looks after seven unique sites of historical importance in the area. They will also continue working on a two-year exhibition planned for Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum, featuring a 65 million year-old T.rex. The exhibition, planned for 2021, will be the first time in more than 100 years that a T.rex has been exhibited in England.
strong>Moseley Folk and Arts Festival, Birmingham – £50,000 will help the organisers prepare for the festival in 2021. Acts performing at the festival in previous years include Don McLean, Laura Marling, Jethro Tull, The Monkees, Jose Gonzalez, Amy Macdonald, Tinariwen, Songhoy Blues and Ocean Colour Scene.
The British Motor Museum, Warwick - £707,000 will protect the world’s most extensive collection of historic British cars and associated artefacts. The archive showcases the motor industry in Britain, from its inception to the present day.
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: "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."
Neil Mendoza, Government Commissioner for Culture Recovery and Renewal, said: "We are at a serious moment for the economy and jobs, but especially for the cultural sector. Culture provides a life-enhancing force. It contributes to our national good in so many ways, from well-being to economic growth, in every single part of the country."
All four nations are benefiting from the UK Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, with Scotland receiving £97 million, Wales receiving £59 million and Northern Ireland receiving £33 million. This funding will enable them to increase the support already available to the arts and cultural sectors in each nation if they wish to.
The Culture Recovery Fund builds on more than £200 billion of support through the Job Retention Scheme; more than £13.5 billion through the Self Employed Income Support Scheme; and a hundred billion pounds of tax cuts, tax deferral, direct grants and government backed loans.
This is in addition to £104 million of emergency funding already distributed by Arts Council England to organisations and individuals, and £96 million currently available to support the arts and freelancers, through programmes like National Lottery Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice.