UK venues, theatres, galleries and more given £1.57 billion government support package
UK venues, theatres, museums, galleries and more have been given a £1.57 billion government support package.
The package - which also covers independent cinemas and other cultural venues - is split into grants and loans.
The announcement comes after pressure from industry figures who warned the coronavirus pandemic would have severe consequences for the arts and culture sector.
Cultural organisations in England will receive £1.15bn, made up of £270 million in loans and £880m in grants. There will also be £100 million in targeted support for English Heritage and national cultural institutions in England.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive £97m, £59m and £33m respectively, while £120m will be put towards restarting construction on cultural infrastructure and heritage construction projects that were paused due to COVID-19.
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UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: They [arts and culture] make our country great and are the lynchpin of our world-beating and fast growing creative industries."
Boris Johnson stated the package "will help safeguard the sector for future generations, ensuring arts groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat".
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