These are all the North East arts organisations to receive a share of a £400 million fund to help them recover from the pandemic

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Arts organisations from across the North East have been granted cash totalling more than £8 million to help them come through the pandemic and reopen their doors for shows, displays and more.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has today, Friday, April 2, announced more than 2,700 cultural and creative organisations are to receive a share of £400 million as part of a vital financial boost from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

It has been awarded through Arts Council England Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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The department has confirmed of that, it has invested £8,239,657 in 54 arts and cultural organisations across Tyne and Wear through the second round of their fund distributed by Arts Council England.

In Sunderland, they include The Bunker rehearsal rooms and studio in Stockton Road with £25,000, Sunderland Culture with £143,889 and Independent Sunderland, which has been awarded £44,000.

As part of the funding, the North Music Trust – the registered charity of the Sage in Gateshead, has been given a £3,000,000 loan.

Sir Nicholas Serota, chairman of 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.

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"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.”

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support.

The grant recipients from across Tyne and Wear and the amount they have been awarded are:

Tyneside Cinema – £1,139,617

North East Theatre Trust Ltd – £63,588

Northern Stage (Theatrical Productions) Ltd – £195,000

Palace of Arts – £396,670

Sunderland Culture – £143,889

The Customs House – £125,000

The European Entertainment Corporation Ltd – £153,248

The Extreme Stunt Show Ltd – £226,689

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums – £190,910

Cumberland Community – £100,000

I-Stage Limited – £248,409

Ape Team Limited – £103,000

Alphabetti Theatre – £61,000

Ingram AV Limited – £116,700

The Creative Seed CIC – £36,000

Pink Lane Jazz Coop Ltd – £25,000

Independent Sunderland – £44,000

Mi Viejo Fruta Ltd – £95,500

Innovation Power Ltd – £152,500

MBC Arts Wellbeing – £55,278

Liberdade community development trust – £49,801

Hi-Lights Theatre Services – £167,000

Locus+ – £31,000

D6 Culture Ltd – £32,012

Newcastle Upon Tyne World Headquarters – £36,436

Northern Productions Ltd – £53,510

Farne Enterprises – £111,058

Let's Circus – £96,172

Tony Hopkins Entertainments Ltd – £25,000

International Guitar Foundation & Festivals – £45,100

Theatre Space North East CIC – £18,704

Trillians Rock Bar ltd – £80,462

Northern Roots – £42,688

Equal Arts – £85,000

The Exchange North Tyneside – £45,500

Wipe Out Music Ltd- £55,127

Curious Monkey Ltd – £40,778

Skimstone Arts – £48,594

Little Inventors Worldwide Ltd – £38,690

Cap-a-Pie – £38,282

Trylight Productions LTD – £33,500

Ionic Events Ltd – £29,217

Unfolding Theatre – £34,000

Curious Arts Ltd – £33,540

Spectrum Fireworks and Special Effects Ltd – £31,354

Awesome Since 84 Ltd – £30,750

Company of Others – £39,100

Open Clasp Theatre Company – £36,000

Northern Print – £25,000

The Bunker (Sunderland) CIC – £25,000

Gateway Studio CIO – £25,000

Mike Lea Entertainments – £25,000

NEMFCIC – £23,784

Total Organisations 54 – total amount – £5,239,657.

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