ACE Culture Revovery Fund Boost for Kapitol Promotions

Kapitol Promotions Ltd., which presents the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, announces that it is to receive £50,000 from the second round of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. 

The award to the Company, which is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Cultural Recovery Fund, will help to sustain the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, as well as to support community brass band projects that the Company has already committed to. 

The funding awarded today (2 April 2021) is from a £400 million pot, which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need, as the public health picture changed, and has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as by Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the British Film Institute. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country in this latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced today. Over £800 million in grants and loans has also already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Arts Council England states: ‘The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.’ 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and to thrive in the better times ahead." 

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.   

“We are grateful to the Government for this support, and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.” 

Philip Morris, Managing Director of Kapitol Promotions Ltd., also commented: “We are absolutely delighted and very appreciative to have been awarded this grant. The ‘National’ is the bedrock of British brass banding, providing cultural and performance significance for nearly every brass band, conductor, player and audiences, as well as vital trading opportunities for a variety of support industries.” 

Philip Morris continued: ”We very much looking forward to welcoming you all to the National Finals for Sections 1 – 4 bands at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, on 18 and 19 September, and for the Championship Section at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 2 October.

“More than any other brass band event anywhere in the World, the ‘National’ involves the largest number of brass bands and players, and we believe that the 2021 Finals represent the return of the important brass band culture in Britain. Therefore, we hope that everyone supports them in this particular year, subject to Government guidelines.”