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Tuesday 20 October 2020

Cambridge Arts Theatre awarded grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Cambridge Arts Theatre has been awarded £985,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF), to help face the ongoing challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Since closing its doors in March, it is estimated the Arts Theatre has lost over 97% of its income, with 13 touring productions cancelled and thousands of audience members disappointed due to the current crisis.

The grant, which is administered through Arts Council England (ACE), will secure the Arts Theatre’s immediate future. It will enable the Theatre to plan its recovery and safe reopening to audiences over the coming months.

Dave Murphy, Chief Executive at Cambridge Arts Theatre, said: “We are incredibly relieved and grateful to receive this vital grant. It is however, a bittersweet moment for us because many of our loyal staff have had to leave the Theatre as a result of this crisis and many in the freelance theatrical community are still really struggling. 

This grant will enable us to start rebuilding our Theatre from solid foundations and to play our part in reopening our industry. We are all looking forward to welcoming our greatly missed audience back as soon as possible.”

Ian Mather, Chairman of Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust, said: “Cambridge Arts Theatre occupies a very special place in the hearts of many in Cambridgeshire. This award gives us a vital lifeline and will help our amazing team at the Theatre to get our doors open again as soon as possible.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: 
This is more vital funding to protect the culture gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations. These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country”.

Cambridge Arts Theatre is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced in the second traunch of funding. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the month to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Cultural Recovery Fund forms part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s #HereForCulture campaign to protect jobs, restart performances and create work for freelancers. 


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