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Regional Mayor welcomes £10m lifeline for West of England arts and heritage organisation

View of Bristol Old Vic from the outsideThe West of England Mayor has welcomed Government funding of £10m to support arts and heritage organisations across the region.

The announcement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England means that 45 cultural organisations in the West of England will receive a £9.7 million share of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This major investment will help much-loved arts organisations face the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure they have a sustainable future.

Organisations that will receive funding in the region will include Bristol Old Vic, the Theatre Royal Bath, and the home of Concorde – South Gloucestershire’s Aerospace Bristol museum. Recipients also include music and comedy venues such as Bath’s Komedia, and The Fleece, The Exchange and Trinity in Bristol, as well as popular heritage attractions like the Jane Austen Centre, and the SS Great Britain.

Regional Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Arts, culture and heritage play a huge role in the life and the economy of the West of England; employing over 9,000 people in the region and contributing over £3bn to our economy.

“Many organisations have been able to access grants and business rate relief during the crisis but I’ve been calling on Government to give more support to this vitally important sector that still faces considerable uncertainty.

“This funding will be a lifeline to many theatres, music venues and museums in the region and will help to create a platform from which we can begin to re-build so that our vibrant creative and cultural sector can thrive.”

On Friday, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) committed an additional £0.5m for the cultural and creative industries, through the region’s Economic Recovery Taskforce, in addition to WECA’s current activities including the Creative Scale-Up programme.

The West of England applicants successful for round one of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund are:

Organisation Name

£ Award offered


acta community theatre ltd £50,000 Theatre
Aerofleece Limited £249,297 Music
Aerospace Bristol £514,000 Museums
Arcadia Spectacular Ltd £237,826 Combined arts
Artspace Lifespace £94,000 Combined arts
Bath Festivals £100,000 Combined arts
Bath International Comedy Festival £75,000 Theatre
Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Trust Ltd £610,466 Theatre
Crack Industries Ltd £125,320 Music
Crosstown Concerts Ltd £212,950 Music
Enlightened Lighting Ltd £247,106 Not discipline specific
Exchange Venue Bristol Limited £85,533 Music
Funk Productions Ltd £50,000 Not discipline specific
George Street (Bath) Ltd £249,300 Music
GRADE Management £122,000 Music
Holburne Museum £326,408 Museums
Invisible Circus £65,000 Theatre
Jane Austen Ltd £189,903 Combined arts
Koolwaters agency Ltd £96,548 Music
Loco Klub £83,000 Combined arts
Motion Events LTD £884,796 Music
Next Stage Theatre Company Ltd. £51,499 Theatre
Optimum Mastering £50,000 Music
Portland Productions £50,000 Combined arts
Propaganda Promotions LTD £249,857 Music
Rondo Trust £50,000 Theatre
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) £50,000 Theatre
Spike Island Artspace Ltd £189,306 Visual arts
SS Great Britain Trust £888,186 Museums
St George’s Bristol £564,916 Music
SWG Events Ltd £200,000 Not discipline specific
T.H.Collective £195,000 Not discipline specific
The Beau Nash Ltd t/a Komedia Bath £210,000 Combined arts
The Louisiana, Bristol £137,476 Music
The Pool Agency Limited £50,000 Music
The Wardrobe Ensemble £51,600 Theatre
The Wardrobe Theatre £65,192 Theatre
Theatre Ad Infinitum £58,500 Theatre
Theatre Bristol Ltd £50,019 Theatre
Theatre Royal Bath £955,192 Theatre
Trigger £85,558 Theatre
Trinity Community Arts £329,363 Music
Watershed Arts Trust Ltd £731,993 Not discipline specific
Weston-super-Mare Town Council £323,000 Theatre



2020-10-13T11:16:45+01:00 October 13th, 2020|