Ticketline receive grant from Culture Recovery Fund
Ticketline are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid for a grant from the Art Council’s Cultural Recovery Fund as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure those in the music and arts industry have a sustainable future.
Ticketline is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced today. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
Ticketline remain an independent business and an integral part of the events industry. We support venues, festivals and promoters both linking them to our enormous customer base to keep the public informed of the latest events and also offering strategic and operational advice and financial support enabling them to grow. Having grown and continually remained successful over the last 3 decades, we have found ourselves in a position, since March 2020, where our means of income has been taken away, with mass gatherings being one of the last aspects of our society to resume. We have also had numerous clients and customers to serve as we have had to handle the administrative nightmare of virtually every show on sale for 2020 being either cancelled or postponed.
This has put considerable strain on our company. Every time it has looked like the country is opening up, we seem to take 2 steps backwards as further restrictions have been imposed and extended across the country.
It has been incredible to now receive this assistance, enabling us to continue to keep our local and diverse workforce in jobs and to support our clients in the industry and serve our customers until such time as we are all able to once again attend the events that, in our opinion, are one of the best facets of British culture.
We are so grateful to have been given this generous support and the opportunities that it brings.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations.
“These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”
Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:
“Culture is an essential part of life across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world class creative industries.
“This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis. We will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be announced in the coming weeks.”
Ticketline look forward to continuing to serve our clients and customers at such time when we are again free to party without restrictions!