Britten Pears Arts (formerly Snape Maltings and Britten-Pears Foundation) is pleased to have received the news that it will benefit from a Cultural Recovery Grant of £950,000. The organisation’s usually strong mixed economic model has been devastated by the pandemic and this grant will enable it to continue its distinctive work using music, arts and heritage to engage with diverse audiences, musicians, young people and others and to enhance their lives.
The grant will mean that it will be able to carry on its essential work in employing freelance artists to present socially distanced concerts, as well as develop its digital offer through to the end of the financial year. Albeit on a smaller scale, it will be able to continue with its programme of retreats and residencies which provide a vital cultural lifeline for many working in the creative industries. Its work within the local community settings will be able to continue even within these difficult conditions.
Significant challenges lie ahead as there is still considerable financial uncertainty for the foreseeable future. Britten Pears Arts has made savings through salary cuts, furloughed staff and cancelling events, nonetheless its income losses are significant. Whilst the grant will not cover all the lost income, it is vital in enabling Britten Pears Arts to present activities now and plan for the future, supporting musicians and providing activities for the community whilst adhering to the practical restrictions and limitations.
Roger Wright, CEO, Britten Pears Arts said “We are enormously grateful for the offer of government funding. It is a recognition of the importance of our work, not least the way in which we are trying to support the freelance community which remains in such a perilous position. We know we still face severe challenges, but I hope that grants like this will enable us to see the beginning of recovery for culture in the East of England and beyond.”