There were sighs of relief around B&NES today as the DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund recipients for the under £1 million bracket were announced.

Nine organisations in Bath were lucky enough to get support from the Arts Council adminstered scheme.

Those organisations are:

Bath Festivals – £100,000

Bath International Comedy Festival – £75,000


Moles Club Bath – £249,300

The Holburne Museum – £326,408

Jane Austen Centre – £189,903

Next Stage Theatre Company Ltd (the Mission Theatre) – £51,499

The Rondo Theatre – £50,000

Komedia Bath – £210,00

Theatre Royal Bath – £955,192

The organisations have been awarded funding 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. 

They are part 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. 

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.”

Theatre Royal Bath Director, Danny Moar, said:

“We are thrilled to receive this news, especially in the week we open our Welcome Back Season after a seven month closure. This funding will help us keep our doors open into the Spring of 2021 and beyond. We are delighted that the importance of our work for the people of Bath and beyond has been recognised in this way”

Rondo Artistic Director Ian McGlynn, said: 

“We are relieved and delighted to have been awarded this vital grant at a time of crisis for theatres up and down the country. Small venues have been especially hit hard, as it’s almost impossible to make socially distanced audiences economically viable, and our small reserves have been eaten up by fixed overheads. Although we can’t re-open just yet, this grant will ensure our survival through the Winter, and hopefully into a brighter Spring.”

Bath Festivals CEO Ian Stockley, Said:

“Bath Festivals are delighted to have received the emergency funding from the Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund, supporting our purpose of connecting the wider communities through the arts and celebrating the positive impact that the arts can have on people’s lives.”

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Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at

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