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Sheffield City Trust Awarded Cultural Recovery Funds

Sheffield City Trust Awarded Funding from Government's Culture Recovery Fund



Sheffield City Trust is delighted to confirm that it has been awarded up to £2.243 million in funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The awarded grant is part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help organisations survive the financial challenges caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

This money will be used to reduce the support subsidy required from Sheffield City Council & to continue to employ a small staff team at its entertainment venues. This will enable a strong programme of events and associated building alterations when they are able to reopen fully and organise safe, socially-distanced trial events in the meantime.

Andrew Snelling, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Trust said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have received funding from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. The impact of the pandemic has been incredibly challenging for our venues, each of which has a strong history and heritage across music, entertainment and community events.

The financial impact of the pandemic has been significant on both our organisation as well as the local area. The Sheffield Arena alone brings £36m in the local economy each year.

As Yorkshire’s number one Arena, currently ranked 65th in the world, based on industry expert Pollstar’s Top 200 Worldwide Arenas ranking, it regularly hosts the top events in music, comedy and family categories and is home to the UK’s largest ice hockey fanbase with the Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey team, regularly bringing thousands of travelling fans to Sheffield.

Supported by Sheffield City Council, we have been able to continue to work with promoters during the pandemic to confirm a range of high-profile events from Gary Barlow, Little Mix, Strictly Come Dancing, Katherine Ryan and Rob Brydon for when venues are able to reopen.

In the meantime, we continue to work with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals on creative solutions to support the NHS, with our efforts being shortlisted in the recent NHS Excellence in Supply Awards."

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said:

"This is fantastic news for Sheffield. As a city rich in cultural activity the venues run by Sheffield City Trust play an important role in attracting some of the biggest names in entertainment, across every genre. Our arts, entertainment and cultural industry has taken a huge hit, but we are working closely with all our partners, including Sheffield City Trust to make sure Sheffield comes out of this pandemic with a strong plan to re-establish our cultural credentials.

We are thankful that the Government has recognised the need to support cultural and creative organisations with funding to compensate, at least in part, for the significant loss of income they are having to endure.”

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden said:

“These grants will help the places that have shaped our skylines for hundreds of years and that continue to define culture in our towns and cities.

From St Paul’s and Ronnie Scott’s to The Lowry and Durham Cathedral, we’re protecting heritage and culture in every corner of the country to save jobs and ensure it can bounce back strongly.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England said:

“Culture makes a huge and increasing contribution to our national life, bringing communities together, fuelling our creative industries, and representing our country on the world stage. These grants add to those announced last month and will put these organisations in a better position to bounce back and help their communities recover from this crisis. The Arts Council is grateful to the government for the special support being made available to the arts and culture through the Culture Recovery Fund and we’re proud to support all the organisations receiving awards today.”