Cavern Club And LSO Get Share Of £257m Culture Fund

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Cavern Club And LSO Get Share Of £257m Culture Fund

Venues and organisations including The Cavern Club in Liverpool and the London Symphony Orchestra are to receive a share of £257m government arts funding.

The Cavern, which hosted early gigs from The Beatles, has been given £525,000 to fund the recording of performances from local musicians.

More than 1,300 organisations are set to benefit, including the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Bristol Old Vic.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden described the move as “a vital boost”.

‘Soul of our nation’

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation,” said Dowden in a statement about the money, which will come out of the wider £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund.

“It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.”

Birmingham Royal Ballet will receive £500,000 to help offset loss of earnings from performances and touring, while The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will get £846,000 to help begin a phased return to full-scale performance.

LSO music director Sir Simon Rattle said today’s announcement “is incredibly important for orchestras and the whole live music sector”.

‘Refused to be silenced’

“We have refused to let live music be silenced, but it cannot survive on energy and optimism alone,” he said.

“We need, and are grateful for, this support as we take our first steps in public performance once more, enabling us to show the full power of our creative community.”

Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre now has £610,466 coming its way to help transform the business.

Beamish Living Museum of the North, in County Durham, will get £970,000 to support the business through the winter.

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And Wigmore Hall in London successfully applied for £1m to sustain its future.

Monday’s recipients are venues and organisations – largely in England – that could apply for a maximum of £1m of funding, with future releases of up to £3m going to larger organisations.

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‘Bring joy’

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), which Mr Dowden visited on Monday, will receive £606,366 to enable students and teachers to get back to work.

Dame Darcey Bussell said it was a “pleasure” to welcome him, following the funding news. “We cannot overestimate the value of arts and culture in our lives, and its ability to build community, resilience and bring joy,” said Dame Darcey.

Cavern Club And LSO Get Share Of £257m Culture Fund

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