- Funding is the biggest tranche of money awarded yet from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
- Venues and organisations in Burnley benefiting from the funding includes Burnley Youth Theatre, Burnley Mechanics and Towneley Hall.
- Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden says investment is a “vital boost” for “cultural beacons” across the country
Burnley has been awarded £652,005 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.
Burnley Youth Theatre, Burnley Mechanics and Towneley Hall are three 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.
The borough has a rich tapestry of cultural organisations from theatres and music venues through to galleries and museums, with Burnley Youth Theatre being the first purpose-built youth theatre in the UK when it opened in 2005. This funding will enable the organisations to get through the current period as well as making any adaptations needed to venues to get Covid-Secure so that visitors can return.
The organisations which have secured funding in this tranche are: Burnley Youth Theatre (£59,448), Burnley Leisure (inc. Mechanics) (£336,597), Burnley Borough Council (inc. Towneley Hall) (£116,476), Mid Pennine Arts (£70,205) and Sanctuary (Jobe Entertainment) (£69,279).
This funding also comes on top of the £10,000 awarded to Reel Cinema’s Hollywood Park in Burnley previously, which is to be used for health and safety equipment.
Burnley’s MP Antony Higginbotham, said:
Burnley’s cultural strength comes from the sheer variety of organisations we have; from Towneley Hall and Burnley Mechanics, through to the Youth Theatre and Sanctuary. That variety has been essential in bringing people from around the country to the borough and supporting jobs and I want to make sure that when we get through this difficult period, we can go back to doing that.
This funding boost from the Government will ensure that is the case and I’m pleased to have been able to lend my support to many of the applications that were put in by our hard-working local organisations.
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.