Kidderminster Town Hall part of Kidderminster Town Council receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund
Kidderminster Town Hall has been awarded £130,903 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future the Culture Secretary has announced today.
Kidderminster Town Hall is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
Kidderminster Town Hall is a well-known successful local arts venue supporting a wide range of high-quality amateur performances, school events and professional performances throughout the year. A publicly funded venue, Kidderminster Town Hall supports the local community, schools and youth groups showcasing theatrical shows and music concerts including jazz, rock, choirs, comedy and pantomime. The Town Hall is firmly rooted in the community and supports local talent.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.
“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”
Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:
“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”
Matt Smith, Kidderminster Town Hall Manager, said:
“We play an important role in supporting a collaborative approach to the cultural ecology through partnership with other cultural organisations. We are delighted to receive this generous funding which will allow us to develop a Covid-secure programme of events over the next six months. This funding will enable the Town Hall to continue its work in the community.”
Councillor Sarah Rook, Mayor of Kidderminster, said:
“This is fantastic news and we are thankful we have been awarded this funding during the pandemic. I’d like to congratulate the team involved for their dedication and commitment in supporting the town and its community.”
ACE Boilerplate for notes to editors:
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk
Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19