£257 Million to save 1385 Theatres, Arts venues, Museums and Cultural Organisations Across England

More than 1,300 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.

The investment 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.

This funding will help allow performances to restart, venues to plan for reopening and to protect jobs and create opportunities for freelancers.

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.

Watford Palace Theatre will receive more than £248,000 and Para Dance UK will receive support of £55,000

Dean Russell MP said: "I am delighted that both Para Dance UK and Watford Palace Theatre have been recognised by the Government. Not only will it protect jobs but it will also ensure a more stable future in which they can continue to serve the community."
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.”