Paul Holman Associates to receive £55,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
- Paul Holman Associates among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
Paul Holman Associates in South Ruislip has received a grant of £55,000 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 Paul Holman Associates in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
Paul Holman Associates have been producing pantomimes throughout the UK for over 30 years. Keeping the time-honoured traditions of panto alive, they have built an award-winning reputation for high quality production values and fun-filled family entertainment. With all of their full-scale pantomimes postponed last year, the company was facing an uncertain future but this lifeline grant will ensure the company survives this difficult period allowing them to continue their partnership with regional venues throughout the UK as they prepare to present innovative, inclusive and affordable productions over Christmas 2021.
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."
Managing Director of Paul Holman Associates, Paul Holman, said:
“For the first time in over 30 years producing, we were unable to present a season of Christmas pantomimes in 2020 but with the most generous help of the Government and Arts Council England, this much-needed grant from the Culture Recovery Fund will help us get back to doing what we do best in 2021 – bringing joy to families across the UK through the magic of pantomime. We cannot thank them enough for their continued support of the Arts in these most challenging times.”
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.