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The Noel Coward Foundation donates further £65,000 to support theatre organisations

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 2 July 2020, Last Updated 3 July 2020

In addition to its recent donation of £50,000 to Acting For Others, The Nöel Coward Foundation has awarded a further £65,000 to a number of theatre organisations, previously in receipt of grants from the Foundation, which have been impacted severely by Covid-19.

The grants will be put towards a range of help, including funding for online streaming for cancelled projects, education work and administrative help.

The organisations which will benefit from the donation include the Bush Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Kiln Theatre, the Lowry Centre, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Theatre Peckham, Wise Children, Traverse Theatre, The Mono Box, Imaginate and Salisbury Playhouse.

Alan Brodie, chair of the Noel Coward Foundation said: “During these very challenging times, we are very pleased to be able to make further funds available to provide financial support to organisations affected by Covid-19. This is only a drop in the ocean for what is needed and we urge the government to provide the necessary funding to ensure the survival of these vital organisations who do so much for their communities and for the wider economy.

Theatre is at the top of many national and local eco systems upon which thousands of individuals and organisations depend. This includes the Noel Coward Foundation which in the 20 years of its existence has donated nearly £2 million pounds to help companies and organisations develop their arts and education projects.

The NCF is entirely dependent on royalty income from producing Coward works and our funds are finite. No theatre means no royalties and therefore zero income for the Foundation resulting in the NCF being unable to continue funding essential projects. That is just one example of the devastating effect the loss of live theatre has on the industry.”

To find out more, visit The Nöel Coward Foundation website here.

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