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‘Incredibly grateful’: Lowry to receive £3m grant to help it survive pandemic

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Photography: Jess Stoddard

The Lowry will receive £3m government funding to help it survive the coronavirus pandemic.

The money will be provided as part of the Cultural Recovery Fund – a scheme which aims to support the arts and culture sector throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lowry closed its doors back in March due to government guidelines, resulting in the loss of 93% (£12m) of their income. This significant loss meant the grant was “much-needed”.

A statement released on the theatre’s social media, thanked the Government and Arts Council England, adding they were ‘incredibly grateful for the support’.

The statement read: ‘Thank you to Arts Council England and the Government for their grant of £3m from the Cultural Recovery Fund. This fund has provided a vital lifeline to many arts organisations up and down the country.’

‘We can now begin the task of rebuilding our artistic and engagement programmes and continue to play our part in the cultural ecology in the North of England with confidence.’

‘Culture is an essential part of our fabric and the arts will play a key role as the nation recovers from the pandemic. Never before has the freedom to come together with friends, family and strangers to experience culture – in all its forms – been more important.’

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