Glastonbury receives £ 900,000 in funding for the arts
The Glastonbury Festival will receive £ 900,000 from the Culture Restoration Fund.
The sum was announced at less than £ 400million in government grants and loans for the arts.
The festival has been forced to cancel two events due to the pandemic and has drawn criticism by announcing a global livestream this year, on the first weekend the music halls may reopen.
Co-organizers Michael and Emily Eavis said they were “extremely grateful to be offered a significant award.”
“After losing millions of dollars following the cancellation of our last two festivals, this grant will make a huge difference in helping secure our future,” they said.
The Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said the money will help the event this year and continue until 2022.
More than 2,700 organizations are offered grants and loans in the latest announcement.
Around £ 300million in grants have been awarded to recipients including Glastonbury, the National Football Museum and Bamburgh Castle.
Over £ 170million in loans have been made to organizations such as the National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our record-breaking Culture Restoration Fund has already helped thousands of cultural and heritage organizations across the country survive the most serious crisis they have faced. .
“Now, we stand by their side as they prepare to welcome the returning audience through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan to reopen and (to) thrive in the best times to come.”
Recipients of new loans will include the English Heritage Trust, The Lowry and The Sage Gateshead.
An additional £ 6.5million has been awarded to independent cinemas, including £ 138,333 for the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, Britain’s oldest cinema in continuous use and of which Dame Judi Dench is a patron.
Dame Judi said: “Local cinemas are a vital part of our cultural life, captivating us with films about lives we recognize and offering us stories about other cultures around the world.
“These are places where people come together for a shared experience and have inspired many to make their careers on screen. We need to ensure that present and future generations have the same opportunities to enjoy and participate in the community experience on the big screen. “
Grants worth nearly £ 60million have been made to help theaters, from the West End’s Criterion Theater to Wolverhampton Grand Theater, plan their reopening.
Museums, including the London Transport Museum and the National Football Museum in Manchester, are receiving a total of more than £ 25million in this latest round of funding.
Brighton, the Komedia, the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and the Camden Roundhouse are among the comedy clubs and concert halls that receive funding.
Dame Julie Walters, Stephen Fry and Hugh Bonneville were also among those who welcomed the funding.
Charlestown Harbor, a Unesco World Heritage site and Poldark filming location, has received £ 109,500 to help the site survive.
The announcement so far brings the government’s total investment in grants, capital and repayable Culture Recovery Fund funding to over £ 1.2 billion in more than 5,000 cultural organizations and sites and individual heritage.
Charity Theaters Trust has welcomed additional support for theaters in England, with director Jon Morgan saying: “Theaters must have been closed for much longer than anyone could have imagined, so rightly there are theater organizations that receive additional grants in recognition of this.
“Before the pandemic hit, theaters played an important role in communities all over the world. Over 34 million people attend theaters in the UK each year, generating £ 1.28 billion in ticket revenue.
“It is essential for the social, cultural and economic well-being of the country that our theaters survive this crisis and can contribute to its recovery. It is therefore important that theaters continue to receive support until they can reopen in a viable manner. “