Multi-million arts pay out

Forty five arts and heritage organisations across the region are to receive a £9.7 million share of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund to support and help sustain their future.

Organisations that will receive funding in the region will include Bristol Old Vic, the Theatre Royal Bath, and the home of Concorde – South Gloucestershire’s Aerospace Bristol museum. Recipients also include music and comedy venues such as Bath’s Komedia, and The Fleece, The Exchange and Trinity in Bristol, as well as popular heritage attractions like the Jane Austen Centre, and the SS Great Britain.  

Regional Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Arts, culture and heritage play a huge role in the life and the economy of the West of England; employing over 9,000 people in the region and contributing over £3bn to our economy.

“Many organisations have been able to access grants and business rate relief during the crisis but I’ve been calling on Government to give more support to this vitally important sector that still faces considerable uncertainty.

“This funding will be a lifeline to many theatres, music venues and museums in the region and will help to create a platform from which we can begin to re-build so that our vibrant creative and cultural sector can thrive.”

On Friday, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) committed an additional £0.5m for the cultural and creative industries, through the region’s Economic Recovery Taskforce, in addition to WECA’s current activities including the Creative Scale-Up programme.

The West of England applicants successful for round one of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund are: 

Organisation Name£ Award offeredDiscipline
acta community theatre ltd£50,000Theatre
Aerofleece Limited£249,297Music
Aerospace Bristol£514,000Museums
Arcadia Spectacular Ltd£237,826Combined arts
Artspace Lifespace£94,000Combined arts
Bath Festivals£100,000Combined arts
Bath International Comedy Festival£75,000Theatre
Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Trust Ltd£610,466Theatre
Crack Industries Ltd£125,320Music
Crosstown Concerts Ltd£212,950Music
Enlightened Lighting Ltd£247,106Not discipline specific
Exchange Venue Bristol Limited£85,533Music
Funk Productions Ltd£50,000Not discipline specific
George Street (Bath) Ltd£249,300Music
GRADE Management£122,000Music
Holburne Museum£326,408Museums
Invisible Circus£65,000Theatre
Jane Austen Ltd£189,903Combined arts
Koolwaters agency Ltd£96,548Music
Loco Klub£83,000Combined arts
Motion Events LTD£884,796Music
Next Stage Theatre Company Ltd.£51,499Theatre
Optimum Mastering£50,000Music
Portland Productions£50,000Combined arts
Propaganda Promotions LTD£249,857Music
Rondo Trust£50,000Theatre
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf)£50,000Theatre
Spike Island Artspace Ltd£189,306Visual arts
SS Great Britain Trust£888,186Museums
St George’s Bristol£564,916Music
SWG Events Ltd£200,000Not discipline specific
T.H.Collective£195,000Not discipline specific
The Beau Nash Ltd t/a Komedia Bath£210,000Combined arts
The Louisiana, Bristol£137,476Music
The Pool Agency Limited£50,000Music
The Wardrobe Ensemble£51,600Theatre
The Wardrobe Theatre£65,192Theatre
Theatre Ad Infinitum£58,500Theatre
Theatre Bristol Ltd£50,019Theatre
Theatre Royal Bath£955,192Theatre
Trinity Community Arts£329,363Music
Watershed Arts Trust Ltd£731,993Not discipline specific
Weston-super-Mare Town Council£323,000Theatre