Funding of £5,802,867 has today been awarded through the Arts Council to support 35 organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire as part of today’s announcement of further funding through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund - supporting theatres, galleries, museums, performance groups, arts organisations and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring they have a sustainable future.

Organisations receiving funding include The Big Sing, The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, The Crew and Queens Hall, NoFit State, Ultimate Artistes and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Breakdown of funding:

The BIG Sing (£24,000) operates in six counties and brings the positive impact of singing to groups in local communities, including choirs for adults, kids, dementia groups and hospitals as well as working with baby groups, school workshops, nurseries, groups for vulnerable women, disabled groups, special needs schools and care homes. Funding will allow them to deliver workshops and projects with all of these groups.

The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (£261,500) was formed in 1983 to preserve the heritage of British Leyland. The museum is one of world’s most well-recognised transport museums with an archive collection which is a significant place of research for the motor industry and manufacturing more widely. Funding will allow them to move towards reopening, continue cultural activities and to establish a new customer membership scheme.

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park (£460,000) boasts a nationally accredited art museum and a park of 120 acres, Compton Verney has six permanent collections. Offering visitors of all ages a place for discovery, play and reflection, somewhere to have fun, explore, learn and experience. The world class collections range from ancient Chinese bronzes to British and European fine and decorative arts, to British Folk Art and 20th century design. Funding will allow them to have socially distanced visitors in the grounds and galleries, offer a number of outdoor events, as well as developing an online exhibition and digital content with young creatives.

The Crew and Queen’s Hall (£256,000) is Nuneaton's only dedicated live music venue. The Crew is a rock bar with live music from local, emerging artists and covers bands. Upstairs, The Queen's Hall is where artists such as Bob Geldof, Toyah Wilcox, Buzzcocks, Judge Jules Stiff Little Fingers, Toploader, Republica and Mark Chadwick have performed. Funding will allow them to continue their work on The Crew Rock Radio, the community station they set up during the pandemic, produce live-streamed digital events and develop the building.

NoFit State (£150,272) is a leading large-scale contemporary circus who produce professional touring productions and a wide variety of community, training and education projects for people of all ages. Funding will allow them to restart their community, digital and touring work.

Ultimate Artistes (£56,200) provide a range of clients from the holiday market, such as Butlins, Pontins and cruise ships, with high quality entertainment which give performers commercial, self-sustaining careers. Funding will allow them to deliver an intense rehearsal period so that performers will be ready to restart the season, to create video content and to cast people into roles.

Also receiving repayable finance in the Warwickshire:

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (£3million) promotes the appreciation and study of the plays and other works of William Shakespeare, as well as preserving the Shakespeare properties and a museum of his work. The repayable finance awarded will allow them to reopen Shakespeare’s Birthplace in a phased and seasonal approach during 2021.