Corn Exchange receives funding as part of Culture Recovery Fund
As part of today’s announcement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sportand Arts Council England, the Corn Exchange Newbury has received £240,045 as part of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
The Corn Exchange is one of over 1,300 organisations from across England who have received a share of £257 million of government money to help them survive the next 6 months.
Following its closure in March, the Corn Exchange swiftly developed a programme of digital activity to keep people entertained and connected during lockdown. It reopened in September with a range of classes and workshops, some online and some in person, along with a programme of films, broadcast screenings and live performances, all delivered in a Covid-secure manner. Social distancing requirements have significantly reduced the capacity of these events but the Corn Exchange believes it is vital to begin performances and activities again in order to create joyful artistic experiences for its community.
Katy Griffiths, Director of Corn Exchange Newbury, says "This is very welcome news, and this funding will go some way to supporting our activities over the coming months. I am very pleased that our approach to managing this crisis and finding ways to safely reopen our buildings and resume our events has been recognised in this way. Along with the rest of the arts industry, all the while that social distancing prevents us from bringing full audiences together we face a hugely critical time. The support we have received from our local community has been vital in helping us through this period, and now more than ever we encourage people to continue buying tickets or to consider making a donation to our Save Your Corn Exchange: Fund the Future Campaign."
Newbury MP, Laura Farris, said: "Delighted to receive a call this morning informing me that the Corn Exchange Newbury is to receive £240,000 from the Cultural Recovery Fund. I know how hard the last few months have been and I’m really grateful to the Ministers for responding."
Despite reducing costs wherever possible and utilising government schemes such as furlough, the Corn Exchange is facing a loss of income this year of £750,000. Earlier this month it launched its Save Your Corn Exchange: Fund the Future campaign with a target of raising £100,000 to protect the future of the arts centre. To find out more about how you can help, please visit www.cornexchangenew.com/fundthefuture