Recovery funding for Cropredy festival and the Mill


Culture Recovery Fund awards provide a lifeline out of lockdown for the arts locally

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and The Mill Arts Centre are amongst more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of Culture Recovery Fund awards.   The popular annual August concert has received £100,000 in support; the Mill Arts Centre received £49,524.

This is the second round of payments from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Cropredy Festival Organiser, Gareth Williams, said: ”We are extremely grateful for this award. The money from the [Culture Recovery Fund] Round 1 has already filtered out in the form of deposits to our terrific support companies, without whom there would be no festival and the Round 2 grant will continue to ensure that we are all in place to open the gates once again this August.

“The Arts have really suffered this past year and to have the confidence that we, and the businesses that rely on our festival taking place, are now in a position to meet the summer ahead is such a relief to all concerned.”

At the Mill Georgia Bradley, Artistic Director & Joint CEO, and Andrew Lister, Executive Director & Joint CEO, said: “It’s wonderful to see this support for the sector as the creative industry looks ahead towards recovery.   We’re delighted to have been awarded funding by the Culture Recovery Fund; this will be crucial support for us as we take each small step forward to resuming our full programme, and welcoming audiences safely back to The Mill as restrictions ease.”

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, 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.”

The latest funding is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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