London Symphony Orchestra receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has been awarded £846,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

The LSO is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director of London Symphony Orchestra, said:

“We have refused to let live music be silenced, but it cannot survive on energy and optimism alone. Today’s announcement is incredibly important for orchestras and the whole live music sector, threatened with devastation by the effects of the pandemic. We need, and are grateful for, this support as we take our first steps in public performance once more, enabling us to show the full power of our creative community”.

Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of London Symphony Orchestra, said:

“This funding is a lifeline for the London Symphony Orchestra – enabling our company of world class musicians, their administrative and technical support team to continue bringing the thrill of live music performance to people of all ages once again. We will now be able to play our concerts in our Barbican Centre home, and continue to deliver our education and community projects both live and online. We are deeply grateful to government and the Arts Council for this much needed financial support to enable this great orchestra to play on.”

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