Arts and culture are an important part of the UK economy, contributing an estimated £13.5 billion in 2018 and generating nearly 190,000 jobs. Nationwide lockdown and other restrictions aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19 have hit the sector particularly hard, with museums, theatres, galleries, cinemas, music venues, heritage sites and arts venues across the country forced to close or operate at reduced capacity. A significant part of the sector remains unable to operate and many of its workers have been furloughed since the pandemic began.
In July 2020, the Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) announced a £1.57 billion rescue package to help the UK’s cultural, arts and heritage institutions survive the pandemic. The money represents the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture. The package includes £1.15 billion of support to be delivered through grants and loans, £100 million of targeted support for national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust, £120 million capital investment to restart construction projects and £188 million new funding for the devolved administrations.
This work will set out DCMS’s objectives for the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, how the DCMS is working with public bodies to distribute the funding and its plans for measuring impact.
More information about our work to report on government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.