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MAC awarded lifeline of support from the Weston Culture Fund

Tue 2 February 2021
The Big Draw Day 2019, MAC's First Floor Gallery Credit: Will Pace, Paperwolf Productions

MAC is delighted to announce we have been awarded £267,761 from the Weston Culture Fund to help us to recover from the devastating impact of Covid-19.

This vital investment from the Weston Garfield Foundation will be used to contribute to overhead costs and community outreach work. 

Whilst our building must remain closed in line with Government guidelines, MAC will continue to lose vital earned income from ticket sales and our trading arm, that makes up over 80% of our annual turnover.

This injection of funding will ensure MAC can continue to be an ambitious and independent arts charity, and will directly benefit many of our audiences that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

MAC's resident band, SWITCH, perform a gig in the Theatre

Deborah Kermode, CEO and Artistic Director of MAC, said: “This is an extremely important grant from the Weston Culture Fund that will enormously benefit our arts charity and community. The support announced yesterday from the Foundation for the arts and culture sector will be crucial in helping artists, freelancers, organisations and charities to survive this ongoing, challenging time.

This funding will directly support communities on our doorstep whilst we are closed, and once we are able to welcome them safely back to MAC. We will continue to liaise with charity partners and community leaders to ensure we support our residents.

“Congratulations to our friends and partner organisations across the region that have been successful in their grant applications, which will ensure Birmingham and the West Midlands’ creative ecology can thrive post-pandemic. We are extremely grateful to the Foundation for their continued support for MAC.”

The Fund has granted over £30 million to more than 100 cultural organisations across the UK, helping arts organisations like MAC to recover from the impact of COVID-19. Offering flexible funding for recipients, this grant will truly enable organisations to restore and revive their offer for audiences.

The Foundation has recognised the huge battles organisations have faced, and the industry’s collective attempts to adapt to these challenges to bring joy, creativity and opportunity to those around us.

Find out more about the Fund and see the full grants list here.