Queer venues handed financial lifeline by COVID arts fund – but others miss out
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, one of London’s oldest continuously operating queer pubs, is among a handful of queer venues to receive a second lifeline grant from a COVID-19 arts fund.
The £1.57 billion Cultural Recovery Fund, created to stave off closures and keep Britain’s art sector afloat, has confirmed a second round of funding, handing much-needed sums to queer venues such as the RVT, its neighbour The Eagle, and beloved east London haunts The Glory and Dalston Superstore.
The Queer House, an artists agency, scored £50,000 in emergency funding, while art collective group Duckie was given £146,931, documents from Arts Council England show.
Many, however have been left out of the sprawling scheme.
Among those to call out Arts Council England, which administers the fund, was Jeremy Joseph, owner of the Heaven and G-A-Y nightclubs.
“Absolutely gutted Arts Council England did not think Heaven was worthy of [the] Culture Recovery Fund grant, despite G-A-Y paying out over £1.3m in bills in last 12 months,” Joseph tweeted.
“No insurance payout. Only support was from the mayor of London [Sadiq Khan]. £0 support and cant open till 17 May with 20 per cent capacity.”
Absolutely gutted @ace__london did not think @HeavenLGBTclub was worthy of #CultureRecoveryFund grant, despite G-A-Y paying out over £1.3m in bills in last 12 months,
No insurance payout
Only support was from @MayorofLondon
£0 support & cant open til May 17th with 20% capacity
— Jeremy Joseph G-A-Y (@JeremyJoseph) April 2, 2021
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is set to receive £57,000 from the £1.57 billion Cultural Recovery Fund, it confirmed.
“We are delighted to announce that The RVT will receive £57,000 from the second round of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund,” the business confirmed on Twitter Friday (2 April).
Arts Council England, a government cultural agency, awarded the lifeline to the historic pub, long one of the capital’s go-to spots for late-night cabaret, experimental theatre and debating which booth Princess Diana and Freddie Mercury sat in that one boozy night.
FINALLY…WE HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS! ❤️
We are thrilled and relieved to be able to announce that Eagle London has been awarded a grant of £166,846 in Round 2 of @DCMS Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund.@ace_national #CultureRecoveryFund #HereForCulture #LoveVauxhall pic.twitter.com/xJbnBVPh24— The Eagle (@eaglelondon) April 2, 2021
We are thrilled to announce that Dalston Superstore is the recipient of @DCMS #CultureRecoveryFund! This funding will go towards supporting the big queer ecosystem surrounding our venue, and ensuring we're able to continue providing a space for LGBTQ+ joy in the future ❤️ pic.twitter.com/jIaoH28nEt— Dalston Superstore (@dsuperstore) April 2, 2021
The Glory is extremely grateful and excited to have benefitted from the second round of the Cultural recovery Fund. This…
Suffering the jarring effects of months of lockdown, forcing them to shutter, queer venue-owners have scrambled to stay open for the past year.
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