Military Wives Choirs And The Hepworth Wakefield Get Share Of £76m Fund



Venues and organisations including the Military Wives Choirs, The Hepworth Wakefield and Night and Day in Manchester are to receive a share of £76m government arts funding.

Whitby’s Gothic Festival, London’s Somerset House and Kneehigh Theatre in Cornwall are also set to benefit. The latest raft of grants, for 588 organisations, will come out of the wider £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund.It follows Monday’s £257m injection, which helped The Cavern Club and LSO.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said that Saturday’s new round of “vital funding” would go to “protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back”.

It will cover comedy clubs, circuses, festivals, regional theatres and local museums, across England.”These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country,” he added.

While July’s announcement of the wider support package was welcomed by the arts and entertainment industries, Mr Dowden did admit that it would not be enough to save every job or cultural establishment.

Director Melanie Nightingale said they were “incredibly grateful” for the “much-needed support,” at a time when many arts organisations have been struggling due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are thrilled that this funding enables our 73 choirs to sing, share and support one another and feel stronger together through music,” she said.

The grants of under £1m have also been awarded to the West End’s longest running play, The Mousetrap; the Shangri-La stage at Glastonbury Festival; and grassroots music venues, including Night & Day Cafe.


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