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HM treasury recognise the cultural Industries


Stakeholder reaction responding to news that the Chancellor will announce nearly £410m extra money for arts, culture and heritage industries. This includes a £300m boost for the Culture Recovery Fund, an extra £90m to support our National Museums and cultural bodies to bridge the months ahead, and nearly £20m for culture projects in regional towns and cities.

Sir Damon Buffini, Chair of the National Theatre and Chair of the Culture Recovery Board said:

"I am delighted that there will be an additional £300m for the Culture Recovery Fund, meaning further support for thousands of cultural and heritage organisations.  This investment will be crucial in helping these sectors back to recovery, so that they can continue to contribute so much to the economy, and to the lives of people and communities across this country. “

Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group, said:

“This sustained support for the national museums throughout 2021 is very welcome news, building on the Government’s strong backing during 2020. The five museums of the Science Museum Group are ready to play an important role in the country’s spiritual, creative and economic recovery, and this announcement is a boost to our exciting plans.”

Loyd Grossman CBE, Chairman, Royal Parks said:

“This is extraordinarily good news, both for the help it gives in the short term to arts and culture, but also as a recognition that the excellence and outstanding achievements of our arts and culture organisations make a major contribution to our national health and well-being as well as to our global reputation.”

Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Chief Executive, UK Music, said:

“The Culture Recovery Fund has been a lifeline for the cultural sector during the pandemic. It has kept countless organisations in the music industry afloat and helped save many jobs, so it's very welcome news the Fund is being boosted.

“Extending the CRF was a key element of our three-point plan to back British music and deliver a fantastic summer of live music. So the Chancellor deserves credit for listening to the music industry about continuing support until we can get back on our feet. These badly needed funds come at a crucial time and will be the difference between survival and going to the wall for many organisations.

“The music industry has the potential to play a key role not just in our country’s social revival post-pandemic, but in our economic recovery too. We will continue to work with the Government towards achieving this”

Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate said:

“Today’s announcement is extremely positive news for Tate and the whole museums sector. These remain challenging times, but the support of the Government through 2021 means we can reopen and sustain our museums knowing the deep social and creative benefit we have to offer the public.  The government’s continued investment is a vote of confidence in the UK’s national arts organisations and it reflects the vital role we play in the creative economy.”

Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation said:

“This £400 million budget injection is very welcome news for the UK’s creative sector, which has been hit hard by the fallout from the pandemic. As we look to ease restrictions, creativity and culture will be needed more than ever: for our communities, our economy and our mental health. This cash support will be a vital part of enabling our world-leading sector to bounce back, driving economic growth in all parts of the UK whilst making our communities happier, healthier places for everyone.”

Margaret Casely-Hayford, Chair, Shakespeare’s Globe said:

”The Theatre and Culture sector is longing to get through the timetable, outlined by the government’s roadmap, open our doors again and welcome the public back! Additional government Community Recovery funding to help us manage the immediate future will be a great help and necessary lifeline.”

Sir Mark Elder, Music Director, Hallé Orchestra said:

“Today’s news is a wonderful encouragement to all of us involved in the Arts and the Creative Industries.

“The Government is to be congratulated on this further example of their belief in the importance of all that we should be doing. Our sector is finding these months incredibly taxing - many groups are on the point of collapse.

“This level of financial support will make a real difference for the next months’ survival.”

Julia Fawcett OBE, CEO, The Lowry said:

"The Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and Job Retention Scheme demonstrate a clear recognition of the vital contribution that culture makes to the UK – both in terms of identity and economic prosperity.

“The Lowry is incredibly grateful for this support, without which we would simply not have survived the challenges of the last year.

“Instead, we can now look forward to playing our part in the country’s recovery from COVID, welcoming audiences back to enjoy our programme, supporting self-employed freelancers in the sector and delivering on our commitment to enrich the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Caroline Miller, CEO, Birmingham Royal Ballet said: “The government's continued support for the arts and cultural industry during this incredibly challenging time are hugely welcome. It will take Britain's successful performing arts sector longer to recover from the impact of the pandemic than other areas of the economy because we are so reliant on live audiences and non-social distanced audience numbers, but we are hopeful for the future.”


Yes the Crown Jewells of our industry were given the nod that more support was on it’s way. But where is the CEO of ACE?

We await the detail now to see if the powers that be have paid attention to our requests for Insurance, VAT reduction to 5% to remain, support for businesses with no premises

And the self employed small traders. There will clearly be a great deal more detail after the budget on Wednesday. Hang on for now, don’t call me.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 2nd Mar 2021 13:46:00

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