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New Vic Theatre receives grant from third round of Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

New Vic Theatre receives grant from third round of Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

19th November 2021

The New Vic Theatre will receive £130,461 as part of the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF), the Culture Secretary has announced today. 

The New Vic is one of 925 cultural and creative organisations across the country to receive a grant as part of the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund. Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains. The latest round of funding supports the charity alongside funding received from the Denise Coates Foundation and will help to support the New Vic as it rebuilds audiences following the coronavirus pandemic and continues to deliver life-changing education and community work in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from. Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.

Fiona Wallace, New Vic Managing Director said: ““This crucial, much-needed funding will ensure the New Vic comes out of the challenges of the pandemic in a strong position to play our part in the recovery of our communities in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.  For us, Culture Recovery funding is saving jobs, creating opportunities for us to employ more artists and making us a resilient organisation for the future.  The New Vic is celebrating 60 years of theatre making next year and funding support across this winter means we can look forward to that anniversary year with optimism and confidence.  It’s going to help the New Vic continue making fantastic theatre for the next 60 years. Thank you to Arts Council England and government partners in DCMS for this vital investment.”

Article by Becky Loton

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