We are very pleased and grateful to have been awarded £175,000 in round two of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund distribution. Together with the £500,000 received in round one, we are using this award to build our strategy for re-shaping our business for the post-lockdown world.
Birmingham Royal Ballet plans to return to live performance in June 2021, supported by a digital strategy that will ensure we continue to extend our audience reach whether or not COVID restrictions remain in place.
Caroline Miller OBE, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s CEO said:
‘We are incredibly grateful to Arts Council England for awarding us vital funding in the second round of the Cultural Recovery Fund.
‘This support will allow us to film our upcoming show to share with our audiences, enabling us to build on the success of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s online streaming and high-quality digital content created during the past year. Filming will help mitigate the risk of further audience restrictions. The funding will also help the Company film a new series of schools and families’ concerts designed and performed by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia to support arts provision in schools after such a tough year for teachers and pupils.
‘Additionally, it will help Birmingham Royal Ballet to adapt our production workshops, enabling staff to work socially distanced and to expand the facilities to maintain required COVID hygiene standards.’
Image: Tom Rogers and Yu Kurihara in Lazuli Sky, part of our autumn 2020 live performance season, which was also filmed and broadcast online © Johan Persson