Wiltshire Music Centre is one of nine organisations across Swindon and Wiltshire to receive a share of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).
Based in Bradford on Avon, the Centre has been awarded £188,158
to face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and
help secure its future.
1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country
have received support in the first round of the CRF grants programme administered
by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in
the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
Music Centre was originally founded in 1997 as a place for young musicians to
meet and rehearse. Over the last 23 years the Centre’s role has grown
exponentially to provide opportunities for live music to inspire,
enrich and transform the lives of the whole community.
Wiltshire Music Centre Chief Executive, Maud Saint-Sardos,
said, “We are thrilled to have been awarded funding via the Arts
Council England Cultural Recovery Fund. This pivotal grant, together with
support through our Community Fundraising Appeal, and the commitment and
generosity of our Friends, Angels, volunteers and supporters, will enable us to
continue to be here for culture and for our community.
“This year has posed unprecedented challenges for Wiltshire
Music Centre and for our colleagues across the sector. Support through the
Culture Recovery Fund will help us to face these head on. It will enable us to
adapt and innovate in response to the changing artistic landscape, continue to
deliver ambitious programming and projects, and embrace digital and new
opportunities for livestream broadcasting from the Centre.
“It will help us to protect and create important employment
opportunities within the sector and to ensure that we can continue to operate
safely and effectively, in a Covid-secure way.
“Above all this pivotal funding will enable us to deliver on
our commitment to our community. We believe in the power of music to inspire,
enrich and transform people’s lives; music and the arts have a vital role in
society and for our wellbeing and this is more important than ever before.”
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden
said, “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues,
museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will
protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.
“These places and projects are cultural
beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in
the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to
come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back
Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, added, “Theatres, museums,
galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our
cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of
cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further
funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector
during these challenging times.”
across Swindon and Wiltshire include: The
Pound Arts Trust Ltd, Corsham; Wiltshire Creative, Salisbury; Chalke
Valley History Festival, Salisbury; WOMAD Ltd, Malmesbury; Wyvern
Theatre Ltd, Swindon;
Level 3, Swindon; Old Town Sounds
Ltd, Swindon; and Swindon Dance.