It has been announced today (Monday 12th October) that Black Dyke Band will receive £76,000 of emergency Arts Council funding as part of the government's Culture Recovery Fund
In referring to around £2 million of funding help to organisations in the Bradford area, the Arts Council said the money will, "...help save theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues facing the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, to ensure they have a sustainable future and continue to bring joy to local communities and international audiences."
1,385 art and cultural bodies of different sizes shared £257 million in grant payments as part of the government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, with almost £900,000 awarded to Bradford Theatres (which includes St George's Hall), £200,000 to Bradford museums and £119,000 to The Bronte Society which runs the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth.
The fund offered financial support for cultural organisations and businesses that were financially stable before Covid-19, but were at imminent risk of failure. The minimum payment was of £50,000 up to a maximum of £3 million.
The fund is to enable cultural organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis to stay afloat, providing them with support over a 6-month period to ensure that by 31 March 2021 they can reopen, either fully or partially, or operating on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis until they are able to reopen at a later date.
A number of other organisations including a city centre music venue and a disability theatre group received much needed help.
The awards were made for payments of up to £1 million. Payments above this amount will be announced in due course.
It was also announced that major professional orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra (£846,000), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (£843,000), London Philharmonic (£650,000) and Halle Concerts Society (£740,000) also received help, as did venues such as Buxton Opera House (£530,000), the National Youth Orchestra (£250,000) and music business such as IBB Media Ltd (£50,000), Liz Hobbs Group (£150,000) and IMG Artists (UK) Ltd (£100,000).