Sounds From The Other City

SFTOC awarded grant by Culture Recovery Fund

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a grant of £38,500 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, which will help Sounds From The Other City recover and return to Chapel Street. 

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

Co-founder Mark Carlin says “CRF2 funding provides vital support for our festival and organisation, after an incredibly difficult year that has seen us have to cancel two editions of our annual festival. The time away from devising and producing the festival has given us a rare and valuable opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved to date, who we are here to support and champion, and what values we want to focus on going into a new era. 

“This support will enable us to implement changes to our structure and planning that will help us return stronger, more confident and more able than ever to provide the most creative and exciting opportunities for our audiences and communities in Salford in 2022.” 

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

 The second round of awards made today will help organisations such as SFTOC to look ahead to plan and recover. 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.

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot that 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.

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