22nd Oct, 2020

Malvern Theatres chief executive welcomes Government's £1.57billion lifeline to the arts

THE CHIEF executive of Malvern Theatres has praised the Government’s pledged to invest £1.57billion in the arts, heritage and culture sector.

Nic Lloyd said: “We are incredibly pleased to hear about the investment which will provide much-needed result for theatres in need.

“It’s hugely encouraging the Government has pledged such a significant amount and we now feel more confident about planning for the future.”

Announcing the funding pot Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “This money will help safeguard the sector for future generations, ensuring arts groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat and support their staff whilst their doors remain closed and curtains remain down.”

It is not yet known when concert venues, theatres and music halls will be able to be used to full capacity which means the negative impact of the virus will continue.

The awards will be distributed by respected independent bodies such as Arts Council England, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Last we reported how Mr Lloyd had praised the theatre’s audiences and supporters who had rallied around to raise an astonishing £100,000 since the start of the lockdown in a bid to preserve the venue’s long-term future.

He said the appeal had exceeded all expectations but added the theatre hoped to raise another £100,000 before Christmas.

A page will soon be launched on the theatre’s website to publicly acknowledge every individual who has contributed to the appeal, be it through a donation, a monthly direct debit or through the gift of refunded tickets.

There are a number of ways people can support the theatre without making a donation, including supporting them on social media, people setting the theatre as their designated Amazon Smile charity, hosting their own fundraiser, or purchasing a membership or gift voucher for future use.

Visit malvern-theatres.co.uk/support-us to donate to the cause.






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