Emergency Financial Support Update
Theatr Brycheiniog Announces Wales Cultural Fund Success
Theatr Brycheiniog is pleased to announce it has been successful in its application for emergency financial support from the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales, as part of the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund for arts organisations who have been affected by Covid-19 and who are trying to sustain themselves until between now and the end of the financial year in March 2021 when they can hopefully resume publicly accessible activity.
The Welsh Government announced a £53m Cultural Recovery Fund in July to provide essential support to theatres, music venues, heritage sites, museums, galleries and independent cinemas, which have all experienced a dramatic loss of revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This financial support helps secure the immediate future of Theatr Brycheiniog in what has been a difficult year for everyone, both in the arts sector and in communities across Wales. It allows the theatre to continue basic maintenance and staffing costs at a time when they are compromised to trade not only as an arts venue but with room hire, as well as the cafe and bar.
In response to the news of this latest funding from the Arts Council of Wales, Theatr Brycheiniog’s Director, David Wilson, said “this grant comes at a crucial time for us as a registered charity, when almost all our regular income has been lost. The theatre has faced financial challenges before but never before have we had to deal with such a sustained loss of income from ticket sales. This has also been a difficult time for our staff as we faced the end of the Government’s Job Retention Scheme and we can now secure the positions of our remaining staff until the end of March 2021.”
David continued “this funding not only benefits us as an organisation but also all the other dance, drama and arts groups that use the theatre as their home; so many people will benefit from this life line. I not only want to thank the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales for this supportÂ but also our friends, patrons, staff and community for all their support through these difficult times. We are working on a revised programme for 2021 and can’t wait to welcome people back”.
Theatr Brycheiniog aims to open again in November in line with government guidelines, and keeping the safety of customers and staff a priority.