• The Academy of Ancient Music 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 orchestra to return to the concert hall for three live-streamed performances from April to June, regardless of whether ‘in-person’ audiences are permitted 

Academy of Ancient Music (AAM), based in Cambridge has received a grant of £68,761 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 the Academy of Ancient Music in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

With uncertainty around when we will be able to welcome ‘in-person’ audiences back to the concert hall, this grant will enable AAM to proceed with confidence live-streaming two programmes from West Road Concert Hall in April and May, as well as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons ‘Live from the Barbican’ in June. The repertoire for these events is varied, ranging from well-known works by Beethoven and Mozart, to lesser-known repertoire by composers Dario Castello, Barbara Strozzi and Maria Grimani. To find out more about our plans, visit the AAM website.

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.”

John McMunn, Chief Executive of AAM, said:

“The past 12 months have made clear the importance of culture in all our lives, and the urgent necessity to save the UK’s world-beating performing arts organisations from collapse in the wake of pandemic disruption.
To this end, support from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund is most welcome. This vital support will allow AAM to promote concerts again with confidence, providing a lifeline to the artists and audiences on whom our long-term sustainability depends.”

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.