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Metal Liverpool are amongst some of Liverpool’s much-loved cultural organisations to receive a funding lifeline which will create jobs, attract visitors and boost the local economy.

On Friday 4 March, Cabinet gave the green light to award £2.712 million to 27 cultural organisations as part of the Culture & Arts Investment Programme (CAIP). The Liverpool city council funding will be invested in theatre, music events, festivals, visual arts and neighbourhood programmes that are representative of, and engage with, Liverpool’s diverse communities. 

This means that the vital sector – which boosts the local economy by around £30 million – has experienced no reduction in city council funding and can move forward with delivering events, exhibitions and shows which will help them recover and aim to get back to operating at pre-pandemic levels. 

Latest figures presented as part of the Cabinet report show just how hard-hit the city’s art scene was by Covid-19. In 2019/20 the funded organisations reached an audience of 2.7 million, dropping to just over 260,000 in 2020/21. Last year, recovery was slow but venues attracted around 1 million visitors.

During the height of the pandemic the economic impact dropped by almost £5 million and nearly 100 jobs were lost.

Those organisations receiving funding for 2022/23 are:

20 Stories High, Africa Oyé, The Black-E, Collective Encounters, Comedy Trust, DaDa Disability & Deaf Arts, FACT, First Take, Homotopia, Liverpool Irish Festival, Liverpool Biennial, Everyman & Playhouse (LMTT), Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, Metal Culture, Milapfestival Trust, Merseyside Dance initiative, Open Culture, Open Eye Limited, Pagoda Arts, Royal Court Theatre, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Squash Nutrition, Tate Liverpool, The Bluecoat, Tmesis Theatre, Unity Theatre, Writing on the Wall

The CAIP programme contributes to a number of priorities outlined in the Council Plan which aims to make the city culturally diverse, internationally ambitious, empowered and authentic.  

“We are thrilled to have received no reduction in our funding. When other councils are completely cutting their culture budgets this represents Liverpool’s commitment to arts and culture at a time when it is most needed.”  – Jenny Porter, Interim Director of Metal Liverpool

Metal extends our thank you to Culture Liverpool and Liverpool City Council for the support and allowing us to continue nurturing the work we do.

Image credit: Wesley Storey

Metal Liverpool receive funding from Culture & Arts Investment Programme (CAIP)