Arts sector gains £400m funding boost

06 April 2021

Arts and culture organisations across Greater Birmingham have been awarded thousands in grant and loan cash as part of the second round of funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

More than £400 million has been awarded to organisations, as part of a drive to help culture and heritage sectors reopen.

Seventy per cent of funding has gone to firms located outside of London.

Nearly all of the original £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund has now been allocated, with over £1.2 billion in grants and repayable finance offered to more than 5,000 individual organisations and sites, and further grants to be finalised over the coming weeks.

At last month’s Budget, the Chancellor announced a £300 million boost for the Culture Recovery Fund, as part of a wider £408 million package for arts and culture taking direct government investment in the sector since the start of the pandemic stands at almost £2 billion.

Further details on the third round of the Culture Recovery Fund are due to be released.

A number of Greater Birmingham based institutions received funding, including Birmingham International Jazz Festival, Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the CBSO, Ex Cathedra, Ikon Gallery, Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield Festival, Midlands Art Centre, Services for Education, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, DanceXchange and the Jam House.


Karen Foster, Lichfield Garrick chief executive said: “After a very difficult year for the Arts, the news that we have been successful in the second round of Emergency Funding for the Cultural sector means that we can now rebuild our programme of performances, outreach and community activities and plan for a future which brings arts and theatre to all of our communities.

“I am delighted that this funding will enable us to build a programme of re-engagement with schools, young people, our much-missed audiences and of course theatre practitioners as we develop a new show for Christmas.”

Henrietta Brealey, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: “Arts and culture, from major theatres and museums through to live music venues and independent cinemas, play a vital role in making the region such a great place to live, work and visit. They entertain, educate and enrich all of our lives.

“We are delighted to see Greater Birmingham based institutions, including many much loved Chamber members, benefit from this latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

“While this announcement and the Prime Minister’s confirmation that England will progress with stage two of the roadmap to recovery are very welcome – a full return for our arts and cultural sector (among others) remains some way off. It is critical that the support available matches the needs of impacted organisations during this time.”  

Pictured: Lichfield Garrick Theatre is just one of thousands to have received a funding boost

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