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Press Release: English National Ballet receives generous grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

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English National Ballet receives generous grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 

English National Ballet is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £3 million through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, announced today.


Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: I am thrilled and so grateful that English National Ballet has been granted support through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, and we offer our sincere thanks to HM Treasury, the Culture Secretary, DCMS, and Arts Council England. 


This investment will support us as we continue to adapt, rebuild and innovate in the face of the ongoing challenges and uncertainties that the coronavirus crisis has brought to bear on our company, our work, and our ability to serve our audiences.

With this grant we can ensure ENB’s survival for the immediate future, helping us to retain talent and protect as many jobs as possible, and allowing us to create, to collaborate and to support and enrich the lives of our local, national and global communities through our artform.”


English National Ballet is one of 35 major cultural organisations receiving the first grants between £1 and £3 million through the Culture Recovery Fund – with £75 million of investment announced today. 


This follows £334 million awarded earlier in the month to nearly 2,000 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks. 


English National Ballet has continued to create and to serve its audiences under the difficult circumstances of the coronavirus crisis. The company will soon be launching a video on demand platform, ENB at Home, which includes recorded performances and ballet-based exercise classes for people to enjoy at home, and is working to strengthen and increase the digital distribution of its work, including engagement with local communities, youth programmes, Dance for Parkinson’s programmes.  ENB will also be releasing a series of world premieres as part of a Digital Season and will perform to socially distanced audiences at Sadler’s Wells and the London Coliseum this Winter. The company will work to finish the creation of Creature, a new full-length ballet by choreographer Akram Khan, the premiere for which has been postponed until 2021. 



Notes to Editors: 

About English National Ballet 
English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has been at the forefront of ballet’s growth and evolution ever since.

English National Ballet brings world class ballet to the widest possible audience through performances across the UK and on eminent international stages including The Bolshoi Theatre and Palais Garnier; its distinguished orchestra, English National Ballet Philharmonic; and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s.

Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo CBE, English National Ballet has introduced ground-breaking new works to the Company’s repertoire whilst continuing to honour the tradition of great classical ballet, gaining acclaim for artistic excellence and creativity. 2019 saw English National Ballet enter a new chapter in its history with a move into a purpose-built state-of-the-art home in East London which brings a renewed commitment to, and freedom for, creativity, ambition, and connection to more people, near and far, than ever before.


Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk


Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

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Some additional recipients


English National Ballet          £3,000,000

Rambert                                 £1,283,835

Sadler's Wells                        £2,975,000


Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust     £3,000,000 


Full list https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/publication/culture-recovery-fund-data


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