Bristol Beacon to receive £800,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Bristol Beacon has received a grant of £800,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and continue live music programming during the ongoing redevelopment of the venue.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Bristol Beacon in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Louise Mitchell, chief executive of Bristol Beacon, said: “We are extremely grateful to Arts Council England and DCMS for this funding from the second tranche of the Culture Recovery Fund.

“This award will underpin our whole organisation, supporting our staff and operations, as we navigate out of the pandemic and continue our transformation of the building. It will enable us to plan a new programme of citywide music experiences, working with partner venues to deliver our programme to everyone, including using technology in new ways to ensure that no-one is excluded from experiencing the joy of live music.”

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.”

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.


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On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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