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Wednesday 14 October 2020

Brighton Dome Set To Stage Live Performances Thanks To Arts Council Recovery Grants

Thanks to vital support from Arts Council England's (ACE) Culture Recovery Fund, Brighton Dome will be able to adapt its historic venue to comply with new regulations to allow live performances to commence again. 
Credit Andy Sturmey

The registered arts charity, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF),  has received two grants, part of ACE's allocation from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport"s £1.57bn support fund. 

BDBF receives £493,000 and the music service it manages, Brighton & Hove Music & Arts and East Sussex Music receives just over £348,000 to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure a sustainable future for the arts in the region.  

Following its closure in March 2020, Brighton Dome lost 67% of its self-generated income through ticket sales and events and the music service, which normally teaches over 5,000 pupils each week with music lessons in schools, had to adapt to online tutorials. 

As well as the return of live performances, the music service will use the grant to support professional music staff to continue working with pupils in schools and through adapting new services for online teaching. 

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome said:

"This news gives us real confidence that we can bring back arts events securely and safely to audiences and helps sustain Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival through this time of real threat to the arts. 

"The government's investment of £1.57bn recognises the enormous value economically and socially, that arts and culture brings to our lives and we're enormously grateful to Arts Council England for their continued support. 

"We can now plan for the future and move forward with more certainty. 

"We have worked hard to preserve our amazing team of staff throughout this crisis and we are all committed to working to support artists, local communities, children and young people, and to helping the arts thrive again in the city and beyond."    

Brighton Dome will reopen its Concert Hall with a series of live socially distanced gigs from this Saturday 17th October. 

Live Is Alive! is presented in collaboration with grassroots music venues to help support and protect the city's vibrant music scene. 

by: Mike Cobley


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