Arts Council England has awarded £64.8 million in financial support to 9,666 individuals and organisation across England, as part of their Emergency Response Package, thanks to the National Lottery and the Government.
The package was set up in March to help support libraries, museums, artists, creative practitioners and those responsible for organising the arts during the summer while the country battles the coronavirus. The resulting funds will help those affected continue to serve local communities and plan for a brighter future.
Of the awards distributed, over £5 million has been awarded in the south west, and £166,495 to organisations within the BCP area. The largest of these has been given to Tilted Wig Productions, a theatrical company formed by Katherine Senior and Matthew Parish in 2017 and recently had to cancel their tour of Lady Chatterly’s Lover. Other beneficiaries in the area include the Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe (BEAF), and popular local theatre Gobbledegook.
Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “This urgent financial support has provided a lifeline to the many creative individuals and organisations across England that make up our vibrant cultural sector, for whom Covid-19 has dealt a devastating blow. We thank our Secretary of State, Oliver Dowden; Minister for Culture, Caroline Dinenage; and officials at DCMS, for their continued support as we work together to protect and sustain a cultural sector that can be a catalyst for national renewal, as we emerge from this crisis”
Of the funding Arts Council England have awarded, £5.9 million has been invested in 245 disability-led organisations in England, and £9.3 million has been given to black and minority ethnic-led organisations, including London-based Dead Rave, which aims to promote musical talent within the hearing-impaired community.
For more information about Arts Council England, the work they do to support the arts industry in England and the Emergency Response Package, visit their website.