Glastonbury Festival among recipients of latest Cultural Recovery Fund grants

The latest round of the UK Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund was announced today (2 April).

The £1.57billion support package, which was announced last July, provides financial support to concert halls, independent cinemas, museums, galleries, theaters and heritage sites as they are weathering the financial impact of the coronavirus.

After Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed funding would be increased by £300m from £1.57bn to £1.87bn in last month’s Budget (3 March), £400million in grants have now been awarded to 2,700 struggling music, film and arts organisations. to the effects of the pandemic.

The Glastonbury Festival, which will receive £900,000 to ‘help the festival continue into 2021 with two smaller events this year, as well as to carry the festival through to 2022’, tops the big names to have received funding in the last round.

Commenting on the funding, Michael and Emily Eavis said: “We are extremely grateful to be offered a significant award from the Culture Recovery Fund.

“After losing millions due to the cancellation of our last two festivals, this grant will make a huge difference in helping secure our future.”

Glastonbury have been forced to cancel their 2020 and 2021 editions due to the pandemic, but will hold a special live concert at Worthy Farm next month.

Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage in 2019 (Picture: Getty)

Elsewhere, small rented Leeds venue Brudenell Social Club has received £213,853 to help restart live shows at the venue, while Camden’s Roundhouse is one of several venues to receive £1 £.5 million.

£6.5million has also been awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) to be distributed to a host of independent cinemas which have been largely closed for over a year.

Speaking about the new round of grants, Dowden said, “Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organizations across the country survive the biggest crisis they have ever faced. .

“Now we stand by them as they prepare to welcome the public through their doors again – helping our cultural gems plan to reopen and thrive in the better times ahead.”

See the full list of new Cultural Recovery Fund recipients here.

The Roundhouse in Camden #SaveOurVenues
The Rotunda in Camden (Photo: Alex Amorós)

The first beneficiaries of the Cultural Recovery Fund were announced last October, with more than 1,385 theatres, museums and cultural organizations across England benefiting from a £257million share of the fund.

However, the Music Venue Trust has since highlighted 20 venues that are still at risk of closing after failing to qualify for funding.

Music fans are encouraged to donate, buy merchandise, write to their local MP for help, or simply publicize places in danger on social media with the hashtag #SaveThe20.

“The crisis is approaching its final round, but we need to make sure these venues finish the race,” said Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust. “With the support of artists and the public, we have fought over the last 11 months, place by place, on a case-by-case basis, trying to ensure that we are able to reopen each place safely.

As for the return of live music, concerts, clubs and possibly even festivals are set to return from June 21, as outlined in the government’s post-coronavirus roadmap for recovery.

Jan G. Gilbert