Grimsby Auditorium receives major recovery grant

Grimsby pantomime given the go-ahead

Grimsby Auditorium receives major recovery grant

Grimsby Auditorium has been granted part of a £1.57bn grant from the government’s ‘Culture Recovery Fund’, the Culture Secretary has announced.

The venue has been allocated £233,000.

The fund is intended to help battle the ongoing challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure a sustainable future.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called the funding 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,” he continued.

Grimsby Auditorium 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.

Last week it was announced that Grimsby Minister and the Time Trap Museum are also set to receive a government grant of almost £250,000 from the ‘Cultural Recovery Fund’.

Claire Williams, Grimsby Auditorium’s general manager, said:

“We are thrilled and incredibly thankful for the lifeline that this funding has given us.

“Grimsby’s largest live performance venue celebrated its 25th anniversary this year whilst its doors were closed due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We remained upbeat, but at that time we knew that the venue would not survive another year without some significant support.

“Not only does the Grimsby Auditorium provide a stage for artists, musicians and actors, the wider creative industries that rely on venues such as ours, is far reaching. This funding also means that we will be able to continue to support our local workforce, along with ensuring that this much-loved venue stays a firm fixture in providing a stage for our local rising stars.

“Time is needed to work through what the coming months will look like in terms of what performances we can safely bring to audiences. This also very much depends on the local, regional, and national position and continued impact of the coronavirus.

“Ultimately the funding means that we will survive the autumn and winter months and still be here next year when, hopefully, we will be able to bring audiences an exciting artistic programme.”

Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

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