Creative Youth receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund
Creative Youth has been awarded a grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.
Creative Youth is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
Creative Youth is the Kingston-based charity that exists to enable young people, aged 5 – 26, to realise their potential through the arts, involving them in innovative, original and ambitious projects.
The charity produces high quality programmes to showcase young creatives and offer opportunities for all young people to build confidence and skills through involvement and participation in the arts. Some of the current initiatives include the Creative Talent Programme, which offers artistic, business and strategic support to young emerging artists, and the International Youth Arts Festival which takes place each July.
International Youth Arts Festival hosts over 150 events each year for and by young people. 2020 saw the introduction of International Youth Arts Festival: Digifest, an online showcase of creative work produced during lockdown. Digifest resulted in a wealth of international collaborations and will form an important part of the festival in future years.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.
“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”
Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:
“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”
Chair, Creative Youth, Robin Hutchinson, said:
“We are grateful for this support and for the recognition it gives to the charity and our work which will be even more vital in the future. The need to provide opportunities and support for young people will only grow and it is vital that these are open, accessible and provide platforms for people to realise their talents and ambitions as we rebuild after Covid-19.”
Chief Executive, Creative Youth, Louise Coles, said:
“This funding ensures that Creative Youth and International Youth Arts Festival are in a position to be able to continue providing fundamental opportunities for young people to access the arts during these challenging times; and, in particular, to ensure that more young people and audiences from diverse backgrounds at a local, national, international level can participate and are not marginalised.
Creative Youth will continue to be there for the young people who need us, and this support will also allow the specific development of much needed digital resources which will be available for free to all young people via our website. This includes, for example, our So You Wanna Work in the Arts programme, a series of free online webinars discussing key industry issues that affect young people, which we are able to now launch at the end of October 2020.”
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk
Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19
Creative Youth is a charity that aims to enable young people to realise their potential through the Arts. The charity, based in Kingston upon Thames, allows young people aged 5-26, to be involved in innovative, original, ambitious projects working with artists of the highest quality. Find out more at www.creativeyouthcharity.org and www.iyafestival.org.uk
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