Sheffield music venues and theatres land share of £1m Government bail out

Music, theatre and cultural organisations across Sheffield and South Yorkshire have been given a £1 million bail out by the Government after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday, 17th October 2020, 12:01 am

A further £76m has been awarded through the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund today, with a total of £333m awarded.

And from that total, £1,073,864 will be used to help venues in our region.

Organisations supported in South Yorkshire include Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, West Street Live and Yellow Arch.

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West Street Live is one of the venues to receive funding.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England has given help to a further 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country.

In South Yorkshire tge investment will help save nine theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, to ensure they have a sustainable future and continue to bring joy to local communities and international audiences.

Today’s recipients are those that applied for grants of under £1 million in the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. This funding will help organisations create work and performances, and plan for reopening. Although many were still active in lockdown, using creative ways to reach audiences.

The funding distributed today follows £257 million awarded to 1385 organisations on Monday. Further announcements on the funding administered by Arts Council England will follow soon; applicants for grants of over £1 million, and those that applied to the Repayable Finance programme, will be notified of their outcomes shortly.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations.

“These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”

Sarah Maxfield, Area Director North, Arts Council England said: “The pandemic has had a massive impact on the whole range of organisations working in the North’s cultural sector - theatres, music venues, festivals, museums and the companies who support them with technical sound, light and staging services. The cultural sector makes a huge contribution to The North’s economy, quality of life and communities.

“Today we are announcing much needed investment and support from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to a group of organisations across the North - with more announcements in the coming weeks - providing an essential lifeline so the cultural sector can survive and come back strongly in the future.”

Organisations that will be receiving funding in South Yorkshire include:

Brass Bands England £227,189

Hudson Records £90,000

Jabru Ltd t/a Cubana £119,000

Rotherham Music £95,798

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust £98,978

St Matthew's House Ltd £100,000

The Academy Theatre £60,000

West Street Live £121,846

Yellow Arch £161,053