WORCESTER MP Robin Walker has welcomed the news four arts organisations in the city will receive £443,729 as part of a vital financial boost from the Government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.
Dancefest will receive £50,000 while the Museum of Royal Worcester will be handed £107,275, Museums Worcestershire £96,454 and the Worcester Cathedral Dean and Chapter will receive £190,000 under the museum category.
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 £360million.
Speaking after the announcement Mr Walker 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 four organisations in Worcester will receive this significant grant from the Culture Recovery Fund.”
“I have repeatedly called for support for organisation’s 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.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of 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 organisation’s 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 organisation’s and individuals during these challenging times,” he added.