We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £150,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF), to help us weather the storm of the Coronavirus pandemic.
HUGE HUGE thanks to Arts Council England and Government for recognising the importance of our sector and our role within it – as the only smaller-scale chamber concert hall outside of London!
The urgently needed support has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants and the funding will help protect our special venue, secure the jobs of the core team and help us to play our part in the culture sector’s long road to recovery.
We’re sorry that not all of our friends and partners have been successful, but we will work together to get through this! As a live music venue in the heart of one of the UK’s biggest cities, we’re part of an ecosystem which has musicians and artists at the heart of it – without them our venue would be empty!
Going forward, the funding will help us to plan more socially distanced events over the Autumn and into Spring 2021, prepare for our relaunch as soon as it is safe to do so, and solidify our future as one of the greatest concert halls in the UK. But the struggle doesn’t end here, whilst we remain closed for public events there is still a shortfall from ticket sales that we need to fill. We want to support musicians and artists to be able to record and rehearse and to ensure we can reopen our beautiful venue again safely. Donate Here
Commenting on the news, Fran Healey, General Manager said: “The Stoller Hall has brought some amazing music experiences to audiences, and in three short years has become a much-loved venue! The funding will help us to continue our journey in becoming one of Manchester’s finest music destinations and we’re looking forward to the day we can welcome you back. But there are still challenges ahead; We’re eagerly awaiting news of the Government’s new lockdown restrictions and how that will affect our industry and are looking for ways we can generate income and raise funds whilst we’re closed, during these challenging times.”