Gorgeous Nightclub in Wolverhampton has been awarded £50,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.
Gorgeous is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced today. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.
Gorgeous is one of Wolverhampton’s few remaining nightclubs and the city’s only LGBTQ+ venue. It was voted The Midlands Best Gay Nightclub for 5 years, is an active member of the Wolverhampton LGBT+ Alliance, was a founding partner of Wolverhampton Pride, and is a major sponsor of Gorgeous FM, a ‘not for profit’ inclusive radio station that broadcasts across Birmingham, The Black Country & Shropshire.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
“This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations.
“These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.”
Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:
“Culture is an essential part of life across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world class creative industries.
“This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis. We will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be announced in the coming weeks.”
Shaun Keasey of Gorgeous is delighted with the financial award…
“This award has demonstrated to me that nightclubs are seen as an important part of UK culture.
“They are the birthplace of electronic and dance music, have launched the careers of internationally renowned DJs and performers, and are hubs for socializing and interaction within communities.
“Gorgeous has been part of Wolverhampton’s nightlife for over 10 years and, I believe, broke down the barriers between ‘gay’ and ‘straight’ clubbing in our city. It is an important cultural venue.
“The award protects many jobs directly and indirectly supported by Gorgeous and will ensure that, as and when conditions allow, the doors will re-open, and we can’t wait to see the dance floor packed with happy clubbers once more.”