Culture Recovery Fund Announcement

Burnley Youth Theatre receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Burnley Youth Theatre ​has been awarded £59,448 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Burnley Youth Theatre is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Burnley Youth Theatre engages over 7000 children, young people and families each year through their youth theatre, education and outreach programmes. Their work impacts the lives of local people by engaging them in creative workshops, performances and projects which build confidence and self esteem, improve mental health, raise aspirations and bring diverse communities together. The Culture Recovery Fund grant will help to sustain the organisation financially for the next 6 months by supporting fixed costs including overheads and wages, meaning that the organisation can continue to offer a programme of arts activity for local people and trial new initiatives such as socially distanced performances.

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 strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“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.”

Karen Metcalfe, Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Burnley Youth Theatre said:

“Burnley Youth Theatre are grateful to receive this funding to support our organisation to stay open and allow us to continue our vital work with local children, young people and families. The grant is truly a lifeline at the point where the Job Retention Scheme is coming to an end, most of our usual income streams are depleted and Burnley faces tougher

restrictions which could have a real impact on the work we do. So much uncertainty lies ahead in the next 6 – 12 months for our organisation (and the arts and cultural sector as a whole) so this funding gives us the security and reassurance that we will survive this crisis and still be here to thrive in years to come.”

Anthony Preston, Chair of Trustees at Burnley Youth Theatre said:

“The staff and trustees of Burnley Youth Theatre have been working tirelessly over the last few months to ensure the future of the organisation in these challenging circumstances. This grant will ensure that our charity will be able to continue to stay solvent and to offer children, young people and families arts and cultural opportunities which are much needed in these difficult times.”