Showbitz is made up of people who started in the world of theatre, we all became the event technicians we are, not as a job, but because of our love of theatre. Theatre, of course, leads to the rest of what we do: music, festivals, art exhibitions, sports events, product launches, even private parties. This grounding has remained strong in the ethos of the company to this day, and beyond.
The Coronavirus pandemic has hit all of the arts, pretty evenly. In the past, some art has required subsidy, and some has been self-financing, as a result of the virus everyone is in the same boat. The events supply sector traditionally funds itself – the arts are funded and then ask us to provide services.
Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, 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.”
What makes the Culture Recovery Fund such a success is that it doesn’t just support the traditional elements that regularly get funding but those who would normally be self-funding, including organisations like ours.
Arts Council England have had the unenviable task of distributing this fund fairly, never having dealt with many of the organisations before.
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England has said:
“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.
We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”
Now we can all work towards reopening our cultural sector, the work has already started, designing and planning. With this fund the work can continue.