Government announces £1.57bn support package for the arts industry

July 7th 2020

The arts industry has largely welcomed the government’s announcement of a £1.57bn support package.

It followed several weeks of lobbying from theatres, music venues, art galleries and other cultural institutions, many of which said they were on the brink of collapse.

While the funding has been warmly welcomed, many venues are sounding a note of caution as they await further details on how the money will be allocated and news of when venues will be allowed to re-open.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said the package is all “new money” and has two broad aims – to preserve “crown jewel” venues like the Royal Albert Hall and national galleries, while also helping local institutions across the UK.

Freelance theatre director Ian Rickson said: “First and foremost, we must ensure that this package helps the freelance community. This isn’t just famous actors, but stage managers, set builders, wig makers, in fact all the teams who put together the shows. Artists in the theatre need safe ground in order to take risks.

To discover how the sector has responded, read the full article from the BBC via the link below.


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