Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed the news that four arts organisations in Worcester will receive £443,729 as part of a vital financial boost from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.  

The organisations were contacted earlier today with the good news and the allocation is the biggest tranche of funding distributed to date from the Culture Recovery Fund, bringing the total amount of grant funding awarded so far to more than £360 million. 

Nationally, today’s funding will help save 1,385 theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations and cultural venues that either have national, local significance facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure they have a sustainable future. 

Robin, who has recently visited the Museum of Royal Worcester, has been championing the cause of the arts and culture and has raised the matter of increased support for arts and culture organisations in Worcester during the pandemic. 

In Worcester, Dancefest will receive £50,000 under the dance discipline while, the Museum of Royal Worcester £107,275, Museums Worcestershire £96,454 and finally the Worcester Cathedral Dean and Chapter will receive £190,000 under the museum category.

This funding will help allow performances to restart, venues to plan for reopening and to help protect jobs and create opportunities for freelancers.

Speaking after the announcement Robin said:

“Today’s announcement is incredibly important for the entire sector threatened by the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic. I very much welcome the support from DCMS and I am pleased that four organisations in Worcester will receive this significant grant from the Culture Recovery Fund.”

“I have repeatedly called for support for organisations in my constituency and taken up concerns with Ministerial colleagues as it’s vitally important to protect art and heritage during these difficult times. I am pleased this support has been offered and will protect these important institutions for future generations.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: 

“The government is here for culture and we have worked around the clock to get this funding to arts organisations. It will give many of our wonderful theatres, museums, art groups and cultural venues a helping hand to get them back on their feet.” 

“This money will get to work right across the country to save these places and protect jobs and hundreds of millions of pounds is on the way for cultural organisations of all sizes that still need our help.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England said: 

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This is a difficult time for us all, but this first round of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund will help sustain hundreds of cultural spaces and organisations that are loved and admired by local communities and international audiences.”

“Further funding will be announced later in the month and we are working hard to support creative organisations and individuals during these challenging times.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

For more information on this announcement, please see:

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/Culturerecoveryfundawards

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/publication/culture-recovery-fund-data

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