FUNDING has been awarded through the Arts Council to support 29 organisations in Worcestershire as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

The funding will support theatres, galleries, museums, performance groups, arts organisations and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisations receiving funding in Worcester include Worcester Live, which runs Huntingdon Hall and the Swan Theatre and has been allocated £122,000 , as well as M and H Media Ltd, which has been given £143,947 for the Museums and Heritage Show that sees more than 2,500 heritage professionals attend each year.

The Paradiddles music bar in Worcester has also received £25,000, which will enable the business to re-start live performances at the earliest opportunity.

The Regal Cinema in Evesham has received £197, 917 from the fund, with Malvern Theatres allocated £328,120 of funding which will see the reopening of the theatre with live performances, a classical music concert, an in-house drama production.

The Mono Box, based in Droitwich, offers people employed in the creative industries affordable writing and performing opportunities, training, and a free theatre tickets scheme, and has received £22,318 to allow the organisation to partially reopen the studio workshops and deliver more digital activities.

Overall funding of £2,858,939 has been awarded through the Arts Council to 29 organisations across the county.

Peter Knott, area director of Arts Council England said: “We’re delighted the Culture Recovery Fund has been able to offer support to a wide range of arts and cultural sector organisations across Worcestershire."

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin, said:“We’re all looking forward to getting back to doing the things we love and this Culture Recovery Fund is playing a crucial role helping businesses stay afloat."