Over £300 million has been awarded to more than 2,700 cultural organisations across the country including, M and H Media Ltd, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
As organisers of the sector’s flagship annual event, the Museums + Heritage Show, this critical grant will ensure that M and H Media Ltd can continue to provide invaluable content as it looks to return to running its live events in 2022.
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.
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.”
M and H Media Ltd company director, Anna Preedy, said
“We want to continue to deliver vital free content which will strengthen the sector, enable replication and offer routes to transformational change. Museums + Heritage plays a pivotal role in the sector, enabling museums of all sizes to benefit from extensive free opportunities to learn, develop and respond to change. We’re very grateful for this vital grant which will enable us to continue to do that whilst live events are still restricted.”
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.”
The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.