£59m

£59m of UK Arts Aid Fund set for Wales

UK Government has announced a coronavirus support package of £1.57billion for the arts and culture sector to help out the beleaguered live performance industry. Under the deal, £59m will come to Wales. Welsh Government is yet to announce how that money will be spent.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the money will “help safeguard the sector for future generations”.

The Welsh Government said it would “protect numbers of jobs and livelihoods in Wales’ cultural sector”.

The news comes after intense lobbying from industry leaders as well as an outpouring on social media from workers in the theatre and live performance industries, warning of an end to UK theatre as we know it. Many arts leaders in the UK have responded to the news positively.

More to follow.