ARTS funding has been allocated to a live entertainment venue as part of the government's Culture Recovery Fund.

The Komedia in Brighton is among the 36 venues in East Sussex to receive funding in the third round of allocations from Art Council England.

The Komedia has received a total of £123,500 to invest into the venue that programmes over 700 events annually across comedy, theatre, music, and children's shows.

The award winning organisation hosts a programme of over 700 performances of comedy, music, cabaret and children’s theatre, the programme features a selection of international and national performers.

The Komedia was one of a number of businesses that banded together as part of the Save Our Venues campaign to raise the thousands of pounds they need to stay afloat during Covid.

It comes after the venue faced difficulties during the recession and almost had to close its doors due to Arts Council cuts.

At the time, director Colin Granger told The Argus: “It was tough to keep it going during the recession. Art just wasn’t a priority any more. The council has to spend money on old people’s homes.

“We did worry that we couldn’t continue to put our own money into it.

“If we’d been with a high street bank we would have closed down years ago. But remarkably they believed in us.

“We don’t expect to make money. We do it because we believe in it.”

It has now been 27 years since directors Colin, Marina and David set up Komedia in 1994 and it has flourished, the venue has hosted acts such as The Arctic Monkeys, Catherine Tate and Jimmy Carr.

It was announced today that 925 cultural and creative organisations nationally are to receive a share of £107 million in grants and loans as part of a vital financial boost from the government fund.

As part of this announcement, funding of £3,542,035 has been awarded to East Sussex arts companies.

Other organisations receiving a share of the money in Brighton include the Fringe Festival and the Dome.

Hazel Edwards, South East Area Director at Arts Council England said: “Thanks to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we’re pleased to be supporting some of the organisations that help make up the South East’s vibrant cultural and creative scene.

“From Brighton to Slough, and from Crawley to Margate, we’ve already seen how funding has helped our local art centres, theatres and other cultural organisations survive through the pandemic.

"With these latest awards, organisations which are at the very heart of our communities can continue to adjust to this new landscape – so audiences from all backgrounds can get back to making the most of everything that they have to offer.”

This latest round of funding builds on the over £1.2 billion already awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

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