RNCM awarded grant from Culture Recovery Fund

We’re delighted to announce that the RNCM has been awarded a grant of over £133,000 as part of Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Announced on Friday 2 April, the grant is one of thousands allocated to cultural venues and arts organisations across the country, all of which have been heavily affected by the pandemic.

Live from the RNCM

Since closing our doors in March 2020, we’ve remained committed to keep music playing, delivering an award-winning digital artistic programme of concerts, masterclasses, talks and student-led projects. This work has kept us in touch with our audiences in the UK and around the world, inspired new creative projects and put in place the building blocks for our recovery. Now, thanks to the support of the Culture Recovery Fund, we’re able to start to plan for the future return of live music to our venues.

Professor Linda Merrick, Principal, said: ‘Everyone at the RNCM shares a passion for music, and we are fully aware of the impact the closure of our public-facing music venue operation has had on our loyal audience members and supporters. We are very grateful to Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for this much needed contribution as we look to the months ahead with the gradual reopening of our venues and continuing to play our part in levelling up access to quality music-making across our region and nationally.’

The Cultural Recovery Fund is part of the Government’s £1.57 billion package to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the economic impacts of Covid-19. More than £300 million has been awarded during the latest round of support, helping organisations look ahead and plan for reopening and recovery

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: ‘Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

‘Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.’

8 April 2021