News | Sinfonia Viva To Receive Further CRF Support Grammy nominated Sinfonia Viva, the Orchestra of the East Midlands, is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. Sinfonia Viva, which is based in Derby, works across the region – performing concerts and providing opportunities for hundreds of people of all ages to take part in creative projects. The Orchestra has received a grant of £36,000 to help the organisation recover and reopen. This award will support core costs, provide additional support to Sing Viva – the Derbyshire Carers’ Choir - and enable its plans for a concert to be filmed and streamed online in early summer. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today - helping organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. Marianne Barraclough, Sinfonia Viva Deputy Chief Executive: Programme, said: “We are grateful for the continued support under the Cultural Recovery Fund. “This award will enable us support our creative family of freelance musicians, composers and workshop leaders by delivering high quality classical music and continuing the choirs that have been a lifeline to everyone involved in these turbulent times.” Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced. “Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead." Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. “We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.” The funding awarded today 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.