Brighton Dome has received vital support from Arts Council England's Emergency Response Fund - part of their allocation for National Portfolio organisations - which is in response to the closure of cultural venues countrywide caused by the Covid-19 crisis.
As a registered arts charity, this additional funding of £445,000 is very welcome as it will help protect Brighton Dome’s short-term survival over the summer months.
In March this year, we lost 67% of our self-generated income from ticket sales and events overnight. Our organisation has a £12.5 million annual turnover and we are unable to reopen our 1800 capacity venue for live concerts or performances due to social distancing regulations.
Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome said: “We are enormously grateful to Arts Council England for this support which offers immediate financial security whilst our venue remains closed over the next few months. Our team are committed to ensuring the survival of this much-loved venue, as well as continuing our work with artists, local communities, children and young people. The impacts of this crisis are set to continue beyond September and we welcome further government guidance on a longer-term strategy for live venues and events and how arts organisations will receive further support through their £1.57bn fund. Our sincere thanks also go to our loyal audiences who have given to our fundraising campaign or have donated their ticket purchases to us; the love for Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival has been both overwhelming and invaluable.”
Announced in March 2020, the Arts Council’s £160 million Emergency Response Package is designed to help alleviate the immediate pressures faced by artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations, museums, and libraries over the summer – supporting them as they continue to serve their communities during this crisis and affording them the time to stabilise and plan for the future.
On 5 July 2020, the government announced an unprecedented one-off £1.57bn support package for arts and culture in addition to Arts Council England’s immediate emergency measures. This package recognises the need for further support for the whole sector until physical distancing measures no longer apply.
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