Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, has warmly welcomed the news that over 1,300 arts and cultural organisations will be able to benefit from a share of £257million as part of a vital financial boost from the Government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP, announced the funding, which will save 1,385 theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure they have a sustainable future. It is the biggest tranche of funding distributed to date from the Culture Recovery Fund. Mr 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”.
Aimed at cultural organisations with key national and local significance, the funding will boost iconic venues known around the world, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Liverpool’s Cavern Club, as well as hundreds of smaller organisations at the heart of communities across the country.
Earlier today (12 October) in Parliament, Sir David showed his support for the funding and attended a briefing. He commented: “I am delighted the Government is providing further support for the arts and culture at this difficult time for our nation. These organisations play a vital role in our economy and bring such joy to people’s lives. The funding will help allow performances to restart, venues to plan for their reopening and it will continue to protect jobs”.