Askonas Holt has been selected by Arts Council England (ACE) to receive a grant as part of the UK government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF). The second round of the £1.57 billion CRF supports cultural organisations – both for-profit and non-for-profit – as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model, helping to repair some of the damage that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the arts sector.
Donagh Collins, Chief Executive at Askonas Holt commented:
“We are very grateful for the support of ACE and DCMS, recognising the integral role that Askonas Holt and arts management companies play in the arts ecosystem in the UK and around the world. This grant will help to mitigate our losses, as well as to build on our resilience as we look forwards at this critical juncture – anticipating the time when venues begin to reopen and live performances resume, which cannot come soon enough. Askonas Holt is not alone in having suffered throughout this long pandemic period – we represent over 250 freelance artists, who have also endured unbelievable financial hardship due to innumerable losses of engagements. This grant will enable us to better support their return to the stage; and to continue nurturing both established and emerging talent through personal, bespoke management, as well as developing productions and arranging international tours.”
Askonas Holt will receive up to £441,000 in funding to support the company’s transition back to full operations as it emerges from the pandemic and restrictions ease. The criteria for the Culture Recovery Fund were set by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and the grants are administered, awarded and monitored by Arts Council England on behalf of DCMS.