Culture Recovery Fund second round recipients revealed

The second round recipients of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund have been announced, with 588 festivals, promoters and venues receiving a share of £76 million, aimed at offering the arts sector a financial lifeline in the fight against COVID-19.

The Round 2 announcement comes after first round recipients were revealed last week (October 12), with over 1,300 arts organisations, events, and venues taking a share of £257 million from Arts Council England, which is distributing the funds on behalf of the DCMS. The latest distribution takes the total so far to £333 million from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Among the successful second round applicants are festivals including Truck Festival (£219,232), Strawberries & Creem Festival (£150,000), Solfest (£100,000), Mint Festival (£100,000), Cocoon In The Park (£100,000), Shangri-La Glastonbury (£61,059), Birmingham Jazz Festival (£50,540), Moseley Folk & Arts Festival (£50,000), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (£50,000) and event organisers Tribe Festivals (£50,000).

Successful venues include London’s Troubadour (£647,172), Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club (£246,397), The Dec Camden (£197,385), The Jazz Cafe (£55,000), Manchester’s Night & Day Cafe (£64,745), 78 Sackville Street (£85,000), Coventry Kasbah (£180,838), Bath Forum (£242,775), Liverpool’s Camp & Furnace (£729,491) and Birmingham club Sundissential (223,822).

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Elsewhere, promoters such as Lock N Load Events (£249,791) and The Gig Cartel (£118,806) were successful in their finding bids, while events supplier beneficiaries include rental house Siyan (£230,000) and transport and backline provider Ooosh Tours (£58,695).

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden commented: “This is more vital funding to protect cultural 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.”

Further funding announcements will be made over the coming days.