Smithdown Social Club to receive £66,879 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country including Smithdown Social Club in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced on November 19th.

  •  Smithdown Social Club among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund
  • This award will provide support for generating income and covering operational costs while a strategy is developed.

Smithdown Social Club in Liverpool has been awarded a grant of £66,879 by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport.

Smithdown Social Club, soon to be Smithdown Social Arts Hub, is a community arts social enterprise that started in September 2018 as a grassroots music venue, in support of local musicians and artists.

In July 2020, the organisation pivoted its strategy to become a digital arts platform in support of music, film, literature and visual arts. We are now located on the culturally rich Smithdown Road high street, bringing a 3-story building to life with multiple genres of creativity, including a newly opened art gallery for exhibits and events relating to the arts.

This award will cover staffing and operational costs, as well as fund an extensive sales and marketing strategy to promote the arts hub and develop online sales for art prints of all local artists who exhibit in the gallery.

The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.”

“Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

Paul Tsanos, Director of Smithdown Social Club, said:

“Over the last year, we have had the great fortune of receiving funding support from three rounds of the Cultural Recovery Fund to enable us to continue supporting creative arts in the community.”

“We have used this funding to develop a digital strategy and a new creative arts hub in Liverpool for artists from multiple genres – music, film,

art and literature – to ensure they have both physical and digital spaces in the community to express their creativity.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.