Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed the announcement that thanks to the Conservative Government, 990 organisations will receive a share of £446 million each year over the next three years.
This includes £363,622 for organisations in Worcester – providing a long-term investment in our country’s talent and supporting the next generation of creators, performers and artists. The money will go to icons of the Worcester cultural scene: C&T, Dancefest and Vamos Theatre Company.
By targeting the Arts Council’s Levelling Up places, 78 designated towns and cities from Stoke to Slough and Worcester to Wigan will receive £130 million of funding over the next three years. This is a 95 per cent increase in investment in these areas and will support new organisations, making sure that communities across the county benefit from investment in culture and the jobs which it brings.
The Conservative Government is supporting our world-class, established organisations that have done so much to build England’s reputation as one of the most creative countries in the world. It is also supporting 276 new organisations, reaching new audiences and increasing opportunity for people of all backgrounds.
National icons such as the Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company will receive investment, while the National Football Museum in Manchester and Gloucestershire Libraries will receive new funding.
The latest round of funding will benefit arts organisations, museums, and libraries in every corner of the country. From Northumberland to Norfolk, and from Cornwall to Cumbria, the Conservative Government is making sure that investment is concentrated in places that historically have been underserved.
This investment in arts and culture will pay dividends across England, boosting our country’s economic growth, creating jobs in local areas, and bringing communities closer together.
Commenting, Robin said:
“I am focused on making sure that more people in more places can enjoy arts and culture on their doorstep and I will continue working with the Conservative Government to provide local organisations with the funding and support they need.
“The £363,622 being delivered by the Conservative Government will make a big difference to the three organisations receiving funding, while also boosting our local economy, creating jobs in the area, and bringing our communities closer together.
“Our cultural scene in Worcester is very rich, and there will no doubt have been a number of deserving organisations who missed out on this particular round of funding. I will continue to work with them, and colleagues in government to ensure that Worcester organisations get the money they deserve to flourish.”
Commenting, Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said:
“Thanks to this new government funding package, spreading more money to more communities than ever before, people living in areas from Wolverhampton to Wigan and Crawley to Chesterfield will now get to benefit from the deep economic and social rewards culture can bring.
“We continue to support our icons such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Shakespeare Company, but today's announcement will see organisations in places all too often overlooked get the support they need to transform access to the arts for everyone – no matter where they live.”