Lanarkshire Concert Hall among venues and arts groups to receive emergency funding

A Lanarkshire council was among those to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in emergency funding from the Scottish government for cultural groups and arts venues.

North Lanarkshire Council received £ 124,558 to help support the Motherwell Concert Hall and Theater, as covid-19 forced art venues to close.

A total of £ 378,958 has been awarded by the Scottish Government to 10 cultural organizations and performing arts venues in the region.

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The Covid-19 emergency funds provided by Creative Scotland are part of £ 17million distributed to 331 organizations and sites across the country.

Also in North Lanarkshire, DH Promotions Ltd received £ 25,000 and BGS Promotions £ 16,000.

In South Lanarkshire, seven financial support packages have been distributed.

Paragon Power Services Ltd received £ 75,000, Keenan Music Services Ltd received £ 34,700 and Artistes International Management Ltd received £ 22,500.

Steve Cameron Event Logistics received £ 22,200, Tribute Act Entertainment received £ 14,000 and Byrne yer hoose doon and International Purves Puppets received £ 10,000 each.

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Minister of Culture, Jenny Gilruth

From comedy clubs and theaters to galleries and production companies, the second round of the Cultural Organizations and Places Recovery Fund (COVR) is designed to help prevent insolvency and / or significant job losses due to the impact of Covid-19, and the performing arts The Venues Relief Fund (PAVR) helps venues stay solvent, fire leave staff, and allow new artistic commissions from independent artists.

Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth said: “I am delighted that this vital funding is reaching the culture sector, which has suffered some of the most difficult restrictions in the past 18 months.

“It’s exciting that the sector can now plan for a full reopening. The common experience of being part of an audience cannot be replicated, and we have sorely missed it since the start of the pandemic.

“Going beyond level 0 will allow the area to fully reopen, but I know it will take some time to rebuild. This funding will play a key role in stabilizing many sites and businesses as the industry begins to recover. “

Joan Parr, Acting Director of Arts and Engagement, said: ‘Our top priority continues to support the recovery and renewal of the Scottish arts and creative sector as Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed and the area can open again more completely.

“Nonetheless, we remain keenly aware of the critical challenges facing so many cultural organizations, and we know how vital this funding is to continue to help protect jobs and support the sustainability of a sector that has felt the need for it. impact of the Covid-19 pandemic so significantly.

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