Creative Youth to receive funding from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • Creative Youth is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • This award will enable the charity to continue supporting young people in the arts and will support the delivery of 13th International Youth Arts Festival, which will return from 2 – 11 July 2021

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Creative Youth has received a grant from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.  

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Creative Youth in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today. 

Creative Youth is a charity that focuses on widening access to the arts to ensure all young people are given the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence through participation in creative and cultural activities and events. 2020 has demonstrated how vital the arts are to everyone and how important it is for platforms to exist for young people to share their thoughts and be involved in high-quality creative programmes. 

Through webinars that Creative Youth has been running for the past 9 months, part of a programme called So You Wanna Work in the Arts, the charity has invited young people from around the world to explore a range of topics affecting them, from mental health to the lack of representation of Black British History in schools.   

These conversations have drawn attention to some of the concerns facing international communities and young people across the UK as they struggle with the pressures of Covid-19 and the additional implications of Brexit. The challenges faced will continue to exist for so many, for many months to come and this funding ensures the charity can continue to be there for young people to engage in creative opportunities and can develop their skills.  

Creative Youth works with many creative freelancers to deliver their programmes and this workforce is at the forefront of the organisation. The funding will ensure that International Youth Arts Festival 2021 can be delivered in Kingston this July and will provide employment for several creative freelancers in this time of uncertainty.   

Creative Youth is delighted to have the opportunity to bring a physical festival of creativity and culture to Kingston, alongside an international ‘Digifest’, from 2 – 11 July 2021. 

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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.” 

CEO, Louise Coles, said:
The Culture Recovery Fund will allow Creative Youth to continue our work with young people aged 5-26 to ensure they receive the necessary support to develop their confidence, skills and employment in one of the most challenging environments we have seen in many years. A strong focus of what we do is to create opportunities for young people who are often from disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds to be able to access the arts and culture and, after a year of online activity, we look forward to returning to our public event programmes including International Youth Arts Festival from 2-11 July. The young people we work with can once again share their stories in person and come together as a community.  

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.