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We are over the moon to announce Burnley Youth Theatre has been awarded £390,000 from Arts Council England for the next 3 years and will continue to be part of their National Portfolio for regularly funded arts organisations in England.

The funding represents an additional investment of £65,469 per year, a recognition of how much the organisation has grown and developed over the past 15 years. The youth theatre will use the annual funding of £130,000 to deliver exciting, engaging and inclusive cultural activities with children, young people and families in Burnley from April 2023. 

Burnley Youth Theatre is one of 990 organisations invited to be part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio and will receive a share of £446 million investment which will bring art, culture and creativity to more people, in more places, across the country. Each year, Arts Council England are investing £43.5 million in Levelling Up for Culture Places and are investing in 276 new organisations of all shapes and sizes. 

The funding comes at an exciting time for as we head into our 50th Anniversary year in 2023 which we will mark with a full programme of events as we celebrate the past and look to the future.

We are so happy to receive this funding to deliver such important creative work with local people. Being part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio gives our organisation the opportunity to grow and to reach new participants and audiences both in person and online. Receiving an uplift in our NPO funding is vital to our organisation and recognises all the hard work that our staff, artists and volunteers do and the impact that they have on local communities every day.

Karen Metcalfe

Artistic Director and CEO of Burnley Youth Theatre

Together, each of the 990 organisations that have been offered funding today will contribute to a portfolio that is rich, varied and truly national. This is our widest ever spread of investment across the country, ensuring that many more people will have access to a wider choice of exceptional art, culture and creative opportunities on their doorsteps. Everyone deserves to enjoy the benefits it brings, and with this investment, we believe we’ve taken a decisive step towards making that vision a reality.

Darren Henley

Chief Executive of Arts Council England

This portfolio will support the next generation of visionary inventors, makers, performers and artists. In particular, the growth of our funding for organisations that support and develop work for children represents a profoundly important long-term investment in our country’s talent.

Sir Nicholas Serota

Chair of Arts Council England

We are thrilled that Burnley Youth Theatre will not only retain their NPO status for 2023 – 26, but will also receive an uplift for their work. It recognises the major contribution that Burnley Youth Theatre makes to the cultural life of Lancashire and it’s a tribute to their commitment to excellence in developing and delivering cultural activities for children, young people and families.

Alex O’Toole

Chair of Arts Lancashire

Thanks to this new government funding package, spreading more money to more communities than ever before, people living in areas from Wolverhampton to Wigan and Crawley to Chesterfield will now get to benefit from the deep economic and social rewards culture can bring.

Michelle Donelan

Culture Secretary

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