Bath Festivals recieves £50,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

We are delighted to announce that Bath Festivals has received a grant of £50,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Bath Festivals in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced last week.

Ian Stockley, Bath Festivals CEO said: “We were delighted to hear the news from the Arts Council regarding our grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. During this shared experience of the pandemic, the role of the arts has more than ever highlighted what makes us human and how vital live performance, music and books are to our lives. The grant will help support the shortfall from ticket sales in this year’s May Bath Festival, on account of social distancing and restricted audience sizes. We look forward to opening this year’s Festival in Bath Abbey on 17 May.”

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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