Culture secretary

Culture Secretary welcomes arts boom in her constituency

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Michelle Donelan has welcomed a £541,107 raise for arts organizations in her parliamentary constituency of Chippenham.

The Wiltshire Music Center in Bradford on Avon has been awarded £310,638 and the Pound Arts Center in Corsham £230,469 by Arts Council England spread over the next three years.

A total of seven Wiltshire organizations – from Swindon to Salisbury to Corsham – will receive a share of more than £2.2m a year, ensuring that more people in more places can find art and fantastic and fulfilling cultures on their doorstep.

Miss Donelan said: ‘It is absolutely fantastic that Pound Arts in Corsham and the Wiltshire Music Center in Bradford-on-Avon are receiving £541,107 in government and Arts Council England National Lottery investment over the past few years. next three years!

“I have long supported and campaigned for additional funding for both groups and have regularly visited, given talks and held events at both venues – first as a candidate for the region and then since in as your MP.

“In September 2020 the two bands were awarded £253,049 as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to help with pandemic recovery, and I look forward to seeing the two bands now use this additional funding to continue to strengthen. to strength.

“The work of Pound Arts and the facilities they provide are truly appreciated by the community, while the Wiltshire Music Center is truly a unique and world-renowned center of education, with over 800 musicians rehearsing there each week!

“It’s great to see these sites getting the recognition they deserve; they are both a true testament to the local talent and culture that we are blessed to have here in Wiltshire. I will be visiting both again in the next few weeks to catch up with the teams there!

The Wiltshire Music Center attracts world-renowned artists from the classical, world, contemporary, jazz and folk genres.

The Center provides a permanent home for local orchestras, choirs and music groups, and works extensively with local young people through a dynamic and varied creative learning program in Wiltshire and beyond.

He will be paid £103,546 a year for a three-year period from 2023-2026 to help deliver Arts Council England’s ‘Let’s Create’ strategy to broaden access, inclusion and participation of all to arts and culture.

Elsewhere in Wiltshire, the Pound Arts Trust will receive £230,469, while Wiltshire Creative will receive just over £3.9 million.

Increased funding is also planned for Swindon-based Prime Theater (£622,665), Create Studios (£557,052), Swindon Dance (£629,982) and Tangle (£458,574), each having developed strong track records in the city’s cultural development and creative skills and talents.

Miss Donelan added: “Additional funding to cultural institutions in the South West will help improve access to the arts for people where they live.

“We have been clear that the arts are for everyone and this investment will help even more people gain access to the region’s brilliant cultural offerings.

James Slater, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Wiltshire Music Centre, said: “This is a moment of celebration for our supporters, our staff and trustees, our volunteers, our performers, our practitioners, our audience and our community at large. wide.

“This award demonstrates the value placed on our work, that we provide the highest quality cultural experiences to our community, and that we have the ambition and determination to reach new audiences.

“We are delighted to welcome our audience and participants back to a full program of activities this season and this award really helps us look to the future with confidence as we approach our 25th anniversary.”