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LeftLion Receives Vital Funding From Government Culture Recovery Fund

2 April 21

We have received a grant from the second round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help our organisation recover and continue.

We are delighted to let you know that LeftLion Magazine has received a grant from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, announced today.

More than £300 million has been awarded across the country to 2,700+ cultural organisations in the latest round of support, the Culture Secretary announced today.

LeftLion was formed in 2003 and has been publishing as a website and printed magazine for 18 years. Each month around 70,000 people from the Nottinghamshire region read our magazine or website and interact with the local arts scene through our print and webpages. 

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."

Jared Wilson, Director and Co-Founder of LeftLion said:

“The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have had a dramatic impact on our business. Our magazine is funded primarily through advertising and as the pubs, clubs, galleries, theatres and live music venues we work with have been closed for most of the last year, we’ve seen a significant drop-off in revenue. We’ve continued to publish by distributing in our magazine in supermarkets while most of our usual outlets remain closed. This money will now help us to recover, grow and to continue to bring a slice of Nottingham culture to the people in this great city."

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. 

“We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.  

More information about the Culture Reovery Fund is available on the Arts Council website

 

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