Bude’s Wyldes benefits from Culture Recovery Fund

More than 2000 arts organisations are benefiting from a share of £261 million as part of round two of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Bude’s The Wyldes, site of Leopallooza festival and other music events will receive £322,000.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the news, detailing over 2,700 organisations being offered nearly £400 million in grants and loans to help the culture and heritage sectors reopen and recover. This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion.

The Arts Council has awarded more than £261 million in grants to hundreds of theatres, music venues, dance companies, museums and festivals across the country, with more than 70% of funding going to organisations outside of London. These grants will help organisations welcome back visitors and return to normal operating models in the months ahead.

Glastonbury Festival will receive £900,000 to help the festival continue in 2021, with two smaller events this year, as well as carry the festival through to 2022.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

At last month’s Budget, the Chancellor announced a £300 million boost for the Culture Recovery Fund, as part of a wider £408 million package for arts and culture taking direct government investment in the sector since the start of the pandemic stands at almost £2 billion. Further details on the third round of the Culture Recovery Fund will be available in due course.

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