588 more get rescue fund cash

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The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced another tranche of grants from the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund, with £76m.

It follows Monday’s announcement of more than 1,350 grants , and another 588 arts organisations will benefit in the latest list. It brings the total to £333m going to 1,973 recipients.

They include King’s Place in London, the Vale of Avalon/Arthurian Centre in Cornwall, the Hepworth Wakefield, the Military Wives Choir, Somerset House, Night & Day in Manchester, Zippo’s Circus, the National Centre for Circus Arts in Hackney, Whitby’s Gothic Festival, the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange and Kneehigh Theatre in Cornwall. The West End’s longest running play, The Mousetrap, also gets a grant.

Helen Wallace, artistic director of King’s Place, said the King’s Cross concert venue’s £562,000 grant was a vote of confidence in its work.  “In the most devastating year in the venue’s 12 year history, this invaluable support will enable us to retain our dedicated core team and work with our family of artistic partners to present a vibrant programme in the next six months, both in our Covid-secure hall and online” she said. “With 70% of seats lost in our halls, Kings Place remains in an extremely fragile position. But this grant, and the generous support of our audiences, have given us the wherewithal and courage to continue our mission to enrich lives through music and spoken word.”

And Chloe Rickard of Kneehigh (pictured), which receives £250,000, said: “The overnight loss of box office income and international touring placed our company into a precariously vulnerable position, but throughout the last six months we have continued to create.

“Securing Cultural Recovery Funding will now enable Kneehigh to reimagine its operating model, reignite its creativity and prepare the company to present its work in front of live audiences once again - and we can't wait.”



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