The Sidmouth Folk Festival is to receive £97,250 from the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. The Festival is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
The funding awarded 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.
Proudly championing traditional music, song and dance since 1955, The Sidmouth Folk Festival has received significant support from its loyal audience base, local businesses, Town and District councils and our associate charity. A successful Crowdfunding campaign and Online Festival helped to secure its immediate future following substantial losses caused by the cancellation of the 2020 festival.
This grant from Arts Council England will help cover running costs through to June whilst planning for the post Covid era and, together with other much appreciated support means that we can look forward to a more secure future for the festival for many years ahead.
Festival Director John Braithwaite commented, ‘we are absolutely overjoyed to receive the grant from CRF, which, critically, contributes to a stable base for the future. Whilst a whole raft of uncertainties still surround running festivals this summer, which may not be clarified for three months, this grant gives us confidence to plan for the first week of August.’
On 23rd April, we will announce our plans for the festival this summer, which is being planned within present and projected restrictions, whilst looking forward to a full and improved festival in 2022.
Thanks to all our supporters who have brought us this far. We look forward to seeing you in town this year for a celebration of this very special and unique event.