Published Friday, 19 February 2021
Arts organisations have been awarded support for their core costs for the next two years, under a programme of grants designed to build the city’s capacity and provide a strong legacy for the UK City of Culture.
Seven producing companies will receive up to £15,000 a year to help them become more sustainable, with a focus on building engagement with residents who are from diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities and those living in areas of Coventry where participation in culture is currently low.
The successful organisations are:
• Theatre Absolute
• Open Theatre
• Coventry Biennial
• Tin Music and Arts
• Talking Birds
• Highly Sprung
• Imagineer Productions
These organisations met the Council’s criteria for a high-quality artistic programme, underpinned by strong business plans for the period.
Investment in their plans is part of a co-ordinated approach across the city to supporting culture through grant funds. In addition to this programme funding, the Council has committed to a six monthly call for projects seeking funding. It announced its first awards late last year.
Councillor David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said:”We are a city full of leading arts and cultural organisations. The current climate is a difficult one for the sector this funding will help seven organisations to play a full part in the exciting years ahead and plan with confidence.
“These investments will support the organisations to engage people from across the city and are linked to clear plans for building capacity and creating stronger cultural businesses for the future.
“Our priority is to ensure a significant legacy from our year as City of Culture. The programme of grant funding is all about reaching residents who are less likely to get involved in culture; drawing them into the cultural life of Coventry.”
Sarah Worth, Executive Director of Highly Sprung has said “This is amazing news we are utterly thrilled and delighted to have the support of the Council over the next two years!”