Mid Blue Emergency Funding for Culture Organisations and Performing Arts Venues (1)

Emergency funding reaches Culture Organisations and Performing Arts Venues Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

£1,227,424 awarded to seventeen cultural organisations and performing arts venues in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire including Tivoli Theatre; His Majesty's Theatre; Aberdeen Music Hall; the Lemon Tree; Aberdeen Arts Centre; Citymoves Dance Agency; The Epic Group’s Ministry, Paramount and The Priory; Woodend Arts Ltd, The Barn; Ltd Butchers Arms, Inverurie amounts others.

The emergency Covid-19 funds from Scottish Government through Creative Scotland are part of £17million distributed to 331 organisations and venues across Scotland.

From comedy clubs and theatres to galleries and production companies, the second round of the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery  Fund (COVR) is designed to help prevent insolvency and/or significant job losses due to the impact of COVID-19, and the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund (PAVR) is helping venues to remain solvent, return staff from furlough, and enable new artistic commissions from freelance artists.

Caroline MorganManaging Director at Aberdeen’s Tivoli Theatre commented: “This money will mean we can retain our current staff, recruit part time staff, bring our freelance technicians back to work and undertake all necessary requirements to reopen in a safe way at the end of August.

“We’re full steam ahead now with testing equipment, organising staff training, first aid training, implementing a new app for ordering and setting up hand-held scanners for ticketing and deep cleaning the building. We’ll also be able to support local youth groups who perform with us who have also had a really tough time of it. This funding is a life-line having been closed with no income for 17 months.”

Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth said: “I am delighted that this vital funding is reaching the culture sector, which has endured some of the most challenging restrictions over the past 18 months. It’s exciting that the sector can now plan for full reopening. The communal experience of being part of an audience cannot be replicated, and it has been sorely missed since the start of the pandemic.

“The move beyond level 0 will allow the sector to reopen fully, but I know that it will take some time to rebuild. This funding will play a key role in stabilising many venues and businesses as the sector begins to recover.

“The Scottish Government has provided almost £175million of emergency support to the culture, heritage and events sector since the start of the pandemic, and I look forward now to working with the sectors to build for the future.”

Joan Parr, Interim Director of Arts and Engagement said: “Our first priority continues to be supporting the recovery and renewal of Scotland’s art and creative sector as Covid-19 restrictions are eased and the sector can open up again more fully.

“Nevertheless, we remain acutely aware of the critical challenges faced by so many cultural organisations, and we know how vital this funding is in continuing to help protect jobs and support the sustainability of a sector that has felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic so significantly.”

Ends

Awards made across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire:

Applicant Name

Funding

Local Authority

Funding route

Aberdeen Performing Arts, His Majesty's Theatre, Music Hall, Lemon Tree

£500,000

Aberdeen City

PAVR

Aberdeen Stage Crew Ltd

£10,000

Aberdeen City

COVR

Blu Inns Ltd (Jam Jar)

£59,000

Aberdeen City

COVR

Butchers Arms, Inverurie

£10,000

Aberdeenshire

COVR

Castlegate Arts Ltd (ACT Aberdeen), Aberdeen Arts Centre

£65,000

Aberdeen City

PAVR

Citymoves Dance Agency SCIO

£47,000

Aberdeen City

COVR

Clara House Ltd (Caley Bar/Bar57)

£13,200

Aberdeenshire

COVR

CLS Aberdeen

£25,000

Aberdeen City

COVR

George Walker Event Management Limited

£25,000

Aberdeenshire

COVR

Mearns Community Radio Ltd

£10,000

Aberdeenshire

COVR

S and G Aberdeen Ltd (Cheerz, Bardos/Cotton Club, The Lounge)

£40,000

Aberdeen City

COVR

Sets In Motion Limited

£11,000

Aberdeenshire

COVR

Shazam Theatre Company

£10,000

Aberdeenshire

COVR

St.Margaret’s Trust

£34,724

Aberdeenshire

PAVR

The Epic Group (The Ministry/Paramount/The Priory)

£22,500

Aberdeen City

COVR

Tivoli Theatre Company Ltd

£200,000

Aberdeen City

PAVR

Woodend Arts Ltd, The Barn

£145,000

Aberdeenshire

PAVR

Contact Information

Sophie Bambrough

(+44) 07747 606 146

sophie.bambrough@creativescotland.com

Notes to editors

  1. A full list of organisations and venues receiving funding in this round of the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund and the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund can be downloaded from Creative Scotland’s website.

Download the full lists of organisations and venues

  1. Full details including eligibility criteria can be accessed through the following links:
  1. Today’s announcement follows more than 12,000 emergency funding awards totalling over £75million delivered through Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland, reaching people and organisations across Scotland’s art and creative sectors since the beginning of the pandemic.

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