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Arts Council England Emergency Relief Fund Makes £297,000 Award to The Stables

Tuesday 7 July 2020

The Stables has received confirmation today from Arts Council England that it has been awarded £297,090 in emergency relief funds from the application that it submitted for support from March to September. 

This funding application open to the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Organisations pre-dated the Government’s announcement on 6th July that funding support of £1.57 billion has been earmarked to support the arts sector. 

Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of The Stables said, “Having lost 95% of our income overnight, we are relieved to receive this additional support from Arts Council England which will fund 60% of our costs during this closure period.  The support we have had from individuals and organisations donating towards our crowdfunding appeal which has reached nearly £20,000 has also been fantastic and we want to thank everyone for their contributions.”

 The Stables has been closed since 17th March and has postponed around 300 events including IF: Milton Keynes International Festival as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  There is no immediate prospect of reopening the venue until the Government’s restrictions on live music venues and theatres are eased and guidance released.