Wiltshire Music Centre receives £188,158 through Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund

Wiltshire Music Centre (WMC) in Bradford on Avon has been awarded £188,158 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.

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

Wiltshire Music Centre was originally founded in 1997 as a place for young musicians to meet and rehearse. However, over the last 23 years the Centre’s role has grown exponentially to provide opportunities for live music to inspire, enrich and transform the lives of the whole community.

As a first-class concert hall, a community centre and creative hub, Wiltshire Music Centre plays an instrumental role in the well-being of more than 65,000 people a year, including audiences, artists, music teachers, pupils, participants, community groups and volunteers.

Wiltshire Music Centre Chief Executive, Maud Saint-Sardos said:

“We are thrilled to have been awarded funding via the Arts Council England #CultureRecoveryFund. This pivotal grant, together with support through our Community Fundraising Appeal, and the commitment and generosity of our Friends, Angels, volunteers and supporters, will enable us to continue to be #HereForCulture and for our community.

This year has posed unprecedented challenges for Wiltshire Music Centre and for our colleagues across the sector. Support through the Culture Recovery Fund will help us to face these head on. It will enable us to adapt and innovate in response to the changing artistic landscape, continue to deliver ambitious programming and projects, and embrace digital and new opportunities for livestream broadcasting from the Centre. It will help us to protect and create important employment opportunities within the sector and to ensure that we can continue to operate safely and effectively, in a Covid-secure way.

Above all this pivotal funding will enable us to deliver on our commitment to our community. We believe in the power of music to inspire, enrich and transform people’s lives; music and the arts have a vital role in society and for our wellbeing and this is more important than ever before.

Our thoughts are with everyone who will be receiving the outcome of their funding applications today.”

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.

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