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Wigmore Hall received the maximum grant of £1 million

Lucy Thraves


Arts organisations receive £257 million in grants from Culture Recovery Fund

2:59, 12th October 2020

Today, arts organisations across the UK have been told how much they will receive in grants from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which was announced at the beginning of July. 

It is hoped the money will allow these organisations to survive the next six months, throughout which time coronavirus restrictions are expected to continue.

Notable recipients in the classical music sector include the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, which will receive £740,000 to help it livestream concerts from the Bridgewater Hall.

Wigmore Hall has been awarded the maximum grant of £1 million. Director John Gilhooly described it as ‘a great first step for our national cultural life’.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra received a grant of £650,000 to help it to continue to deliver its digital offerings and outreach programmes. LPO chief executive David Burke said that the grant would enable the orchestra ‘to continue to bring the wonder of orchestral music to global audiences.’

The size of each organisation’s grant was determined by its financial history, its plans for recovery, its cultural significance, and its commitment to diversifying its workforce, governance and audiences, according to Arts Council England’s director of music Claire Mera-Nelson.

When the Culture Recovery Fund was first announced, many expressed concern as to how much of that money would find its way to freelancers.

Mera-Nelson reports that the application process for a grant required organisations to state clearly their plans for freelancers. She says: ‘I am pleased to say that a great number of applications do specifically outline their plans for enabling freelancers to obtain access to sufficient financial support.’

In addition, she explained that the Arts Council would be releasing details of additional funds specifically for individual artists over the coming weeks.

For more information on Arts Council support visit https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding.

For more on the government’s Culture Recovery Fund visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-available-through-the-culture-recovery-fund




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