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Securing the future of Wales’ culture sector

Thursday July 30th, 2020

The Welsh Government is investing £53 million to help Wales’ diverse culture sector deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has announced.Government Opportunities

The fund will be delivered jointly with the Arts Council of Wales and has a “cultural contract” at its heart to help the sector emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.

Today’s announcement comes on top of the £18 million portfolio package provided in April, which was delivered by the Welsh Government, Arts Council of Wales and Sport Wales.

The Cultural Recovery Fund will help protect organisations, individuals and jobs in the culture, including:

Theatres

Galleries
Music venues, businesses and individuals
Heritage sites
Local museums, libraries and archive services
Events and festivals
Independent cinemas

The cultural contract will build on the Welsh Government’s existing economic contract of fair work and pay and sustainability and address areas such including:

Board diversity

Retained staff to support wider initiatives
Social prescribing
Health and arts initiatives
Environmental sustainability

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