This week saw some succour for the arts. The award of £257 million in grants to British organisations has finally been announced. This money will come from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, and it’s designed to tide businesses over until April 2021.
But will it be enough? And what happens if we’re still in some form of lockdown at that point? The Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, today warned the DCMS select committee that the arts are facing “strong headwinds” when it comes to reaching that mystical Stage 5: reopening venues without social distancing.