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The Cultural Recovery Fund: A Lifeline for The Music Industry

The MU is delighted to see that the first round of funding for the arts sector has kept 1385 English arts organisations afloat.

Published: 13 October 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:31 PM
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Whilst the support is welcomed, we still need venues to be able to open their doors and get musicians working again. Photo credit: Shutterstock

On Monday 12 October, Arts Council of England (ACE) announced the first round of funding awards to 1385 varying arts organisations from grass roots music venues to opera companies, dance studios to museums.

Just over £257 million of the £1.57 Billion has been spent to support the arts in England. Music received the highest share with 394 organisations funded meaning a 29% share equalling nearly £69 million.

Our National Organiser Live Performance, Dave Webster, responded to the news:

“Whilst the support to ensure that these myriad English arts organisations can stay afloat is welcomed, we still need them to be able to open their doors and get musicians working again. The money only goes so far – it's the business of entertainment that a needs a long term solution.

“That long term solution comes when audiences are confident enough to come back to enjoying music performed live.

“We wait to see how the devolved nations will distribute their tranche of money and look forward to the next distribution announcement. For now, we hope that our world-renowned cultural infrastructure can keep its head above the Covid water.”

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