Laura Sharman 06 July 2020

Government unveils £1.57bn rescue package for arts and culture

Government unveils £1.57bn rescue package for arts and culture image

The Government has announced a £1.57bn funding package to help cultural and heritage organisations survive the coronavirus crisis.

The rescue package will provide museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.

The funding will help organisations stay afloat while their doors are closed and restart construction work that stopped as a result of the pandemic.

Prime minister Boris Johnson said: ‘This money will help safeguard the sector for future generations, ensuring arts groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat and support their staff whilst their doors remain closed and curtains remain down.’

Caroline Norbury, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England, said: 'The voice of the creative sector has been heard loud and clear by the government and we warmly welcome their response. This investment acknowledges the mission critical role that the UK’s creative industries will play in recovery and growth in all parts of the country.'

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