We believe music and dance are vital to life. So we are grateful to all organizations that help support these industries.
Dance music events have been nearly non-existent during the current pandemic. Sadly, this has hurt their industries. But thankfully, Arts Council England has announced details of the Culture Recovery Fund: Grants Program. This will provide up to £500 million of relief support for cultural organizations based in England.
The relief fund offers grants ranging from £50,000 to £3 million to any “cultural” organization that was financially stable prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but now faces risk of closure. Notably, dance events and music venues linked to “electronic music (including house music, electronica, drum & bass, dubstep, experimental)” are specifically named as eligible.
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The #LetUsDance campaign – which was founded last week to urge the government to save nightclubs – has welcomed the news.
Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) CEO, Michael Kill, applauds the relief fund. He said: “We are extremely pleased that the Government and DCMS have released the guidance and eligibility criteria for the Cultural Recovery Fund and have included Electronic Music and many other sub-genres.”
The program will accept the first round of applications for funding from midday August 10 to midday August 21. The second round runs from 4pm on August 21 to midday on September 4.
So clap your hands and stomp your feet! The current COVID-19 crisis is not yet over, but relief is on the way. And this should definitely give us something to dance about!