Published Apr 2nd, 2021
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Black Dyke Band has been awarded £38,040 in the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. The Band is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. This award will aid the band in its return to rehearsals and concerts through its pathway to performance strategy, and is a vital step in allowing the Band to recover and reopen. 

Through the funding awarded by Arts Council England, Black Dyke Band will, providing Covid-19 restrictions permit, propose to begin bringing players back to rehearsals in the band room in small groups. When restrictions permit the size of these groups will increase, once the band is able to rehearse and perform again as a complete ensemble the funding will then permit the band to be able to record a series of concerts to be streamed over the internet. 

It is also proposed that during the summer months the band will look to hire a number of outdoor venues, where social distancing can be effectively employed, in order to deliver a series of concerts to the public free of charge. As part of these concerts the band will also be looking to support the return to live music of local community bands by inviting them to join Black Dyke Band.  

The second round of awards will help Black Dyke 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 the Band in its hoped for transition 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 thrive in the better times ahead.”

Black Dyke’s Director of Music, Prof Nicholas Childs said:

“ In these challenging times we must create an environment where brass bands can flourish again, firstly finding a route with confidence. Performing in outdoor spaces including the iconic bandstands, sharing the platform with community bands and creating a ‘Pathway to Performance’ for the wider brass banding fraternity.  Allowing band enthusiasts to rub shoulders with champions to experience the thrill of a live brass band.” 

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.” 

The funding awarded to Black Dyke 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. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.