The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England has today announced that 1,385 arts & cultural organisations are to receive a share of £257million as part of a vital financial boost from the government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.

A £16,950,243 investment in the West Midlands will help 95 theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Today’s recipients are those that applied for grants of under £1million in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund. This funding will help organisations create work and performances, and plan for reopening.

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 - from the Beamish museum in County Durham to the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Bristol Old Vic.

“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.”

Organisations that will be receiving funding in the West Midlands include: Birmingham Royal Ballet (£500,000), The Courtyard, Hereford (£535,565), DASH, Shropshire (£70,000) - a visual arts organisation whose mission is to develop Disability Arts practice - Mitchell Arts Centre, Staffordshire (£78,000) - the Stoke-based main venue for amateur dramatic societies and home to theatrical youth groups - My Runway Group, Warwickshire (£60,708) - a creative multi-platform experience that represents authentic Youth Culture - and Museums Worcestershire (£96,454), which manages the museum collections of the City and County Councils.

Today’s announcement will be followed in the coming days and weeks by further allocations of grants and loans to successful applicants to the Culture Recovery Fund.