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Cultural organisations to receive £333m

18 October 2020

ARTS COUNCIL England is distributing funds totaling £333 million to 1,973 cultural entities, including venues, festivals and promoters, as part of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

The first round of grants, announced on 12 October saw £257m awarded, with the second round on 19 October seeing a further £76m allocated.

In the first round alone 71 per cent of the 31 Association of Independent Festival (AIF) members who applied for funding were successful, with total funding to its members reaching £4,461,976. Grants ranged from £50,000 to £783,939.

Among venues to benefits are London’s 120-capacity The Troubadour with £647,172, the 100 Club (cap. 350, £491,000), Bush Hall (400, £679,000) and Liverpool’s The Cavern Club (190, £525,000),

Festival recipients include Y-Not Festival (25,000, £240,000), Truck Festival (20,000, £219,232), End of the Road Festival (14,000, £250,000), Lost Village Festival (£250,000), Cropredy Festival (20,000, £200,000), and Strawberries & Cream Festival (10,000, £150,000).

“We thank DCMS and Arts Council England for this support, which amounts to almost £4.5m into the independent festival sector across our membership. This will have a hugely positive impact on the survival of these businesses,” says AIF CEO Paul Reed.

Venue operators DHP Family was awarded £908,000 and Mission Mars £1m, while successful promoter applicants include SSD Music (£700,000), Lock N Load Events (£249,791), Crosstown Concerts (£213,000), Eat Your Own Ears (£99,000) and The Gig Cartel (£118,806).

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