Smithdown Social Club to receive £77,323 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Smithdown Social Club in Liverpool has received the grant from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

  • Smithdown Social Club is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
  • This award will provide support for the organisation to continue providing a creative outlet to local artists with an interest in music, film, art, and literature.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands 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 yesterday.

Smithdown Social club is a community benefit society operating as a grassroots music venue for local artists in Liverpool. This award will be used to provide further support to our funding received in Round One of the Cultural Recovery Fund to develop a digital platform for artists creating film, music, art or literature for the community and for business continuity.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made yesterday will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Paul Tsanos, Founding Director said:

The Culture Recovery Fund has ensured our survival through mandatory closure since March 202. We would not have continued if we did not see the opportunity to re-vision our venue as a digital platform that could provide artists with inspiration to create in difficult times and provide much needed economic and mental health support.”