MAC receives vital support from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund to protect organisation’s future

Mon 12 October 2020

Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is delighted to announce we have been awarded a share of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. MAC will receive a vital grant of £680,668 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to help to protect the future of our venue and put us in a stronger position to reopen safely in spring 2021.

This lifeline of funding will provide critical support during our closure and allow us to complete essential work in our building adhering to Government guidelines, to ensure the safety of our visitors when returning to our venue.

Following closure in March due to the impact of the global pandemic, MAC has since lost 85% of its income. The Government’s crucial financial package will allow us to work towards our recovery and make the necessary physical and technical changes to our building for public safety, in preparation for our reopening next year.

The global pandemic has directly affected everyone working in the arts and cultural sector. This year has seen the devastating enforced closure of cultural landmarks and the announcement of redundancies for the creative workforce in almost all arts organisations. The Government’s emergency grant will help MAC to make important alterations to our venue for audience safety, whilst protecting our charity during our months of closure.

We are very thankful to our loyal supporters and friends across the sector, whose generosity and thoughtfulness and has helped us to navigate this challenging year. We will return in 2021 better prepared and adapted for the future, ready to bring live creative experiences back to the residents of Birmingham and continue MAC’s legacy of making art an important part of people’s lives.

Deborah Kermode, CEO and Artistic Director of MAC, said: “This is brilliant news and we are extremely grateful to Arts Council England and DCMS for this crucial investment not just for MAC but also to the positive impact this will have nationally for cultural organisations. Our survival relies on a diverse network of arts colleagues and venues across the country and we are especially grateful to the Government for their generous support of the arts at this incredibly difficult time.

“This is a life-saver for MAC and the benefit will be felt immediately as we plan for our reopening in 2021. MAC is a very complex building and this emergency grant will help us to make important physical alterations necessary to support visitors, staff and artists’ health and safety, it will also help us to operate as many of MAC’s popular services as possible under new Covid-19 restrictions.

“It is the first of many steps we are taking to ensure MAC returns in a strong and viable position, which will invariably lead to a longer road to recovery over the next few years.  In doing so we can support the recovery of cultural life in Birmingham with fantastic new artistic commissions and continue MAC’s award-winning community led programmes.”

The Culture Recovery Fund is part of the Government’s £1.57 billion package to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sectors from the economic impacts of Covid-19.