Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt welcomes record recovery fund investment awards for Portsmouth.
In July 2020 this year penny Mordaunt MP wrote to Oliver Dowden MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to outline my concerns for the cultural, heritage and performing arts sectors here in Portsmouth.
Following this she has lobbied hard for funding to be made available for those affected. As she wrote in July 2020, our Grassroots Music Venues are the fundamental foundations and cornerstone on which our world beating £5.2 billion per year music industry has been built for the last 60 years. Without our Grassroots Music Venues, there would be no Beatles. No Stones, no Led Zeppelin; to name but a few of our world class bands and artists. Our Grassroots Music Venues are essential to the whole UK music industry bouncing-back in the future.
Penny said, "I was pleased to see record funding awarded today in Portsmouth. These organisations are vital to our quality of life and to ensure the economy can get back on its feet. Well done to all those working to keep going. It is not easy, but we are behind you and will do all we can to support you.”
PKUK Events awarded £85k.
The Mary Rose Trust awarded £665,304k.
SSD Music Limited awarded £700k
The Guildhall Trust awarded £215k
The Kings Theatre Trust awarded £345,861k
The Wedgewood Rooms awarded £147,372k.
The £257 million awarded today across England will save 1385 theatres, arts venues, museums, and cultural organisations. This is the biggest tranche of money awarded yet from the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
This funding will help allow performances to restart, venues to plan for reopening and to protect jobs and create opportunities for freelancers.
Those organisations who are set to receive funding will find out this morning from distributor Arts Council England (ACE) what they will receive. Today’s recipients are those that applied for grants of under £1 million in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Aimed at cultural organisations with key national and local significance, the funding will boost iconic venues known around the world, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Liverpool’s Cavern Club, as well as hundreds of smaller organisations at the heart of communities across the country, such as the Wedgewood Rooms here in Portsmouth which has seen the likes of Oasis, Biffy Clyro and Muse to name just three famous bands through to PKUK Events, a high end music events hire business in Copnor providing lighting, staging and sound gear for music events.
Other much loved cultural and heritage organisations such as the Kings Theatre Trust and The Mary Rose Trust also have been awarded funding in this first round of awards. Both are important to our city and I was pleased to see that they have been successful in their application for funds to continue their work as leading players in the city's arts and heritage sector.
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."
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:
“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This is a difficult time for us all, but this first round of funding from the Culture Recovery Fund will help sustain hundreds of cultural spaces and organisations that are loved and admired by local communities and international audiences. Further funding will be announced later in the month and we are working hard to support creative organisations and individuals during these challenging times.”