Joy as Burnley Youth Theatre receives 'emergency' Covid 19 funding of almost £20,000
Burnley Youth Theatre has announced it has been awarded a grant of almost £20,000 to help it stay afloat during the pandemic.
Funding of £19,587 has come from the Arts Council England's emergency response fund.
The grant will help to sustain the organisation during its period of closure, meaning it will be in a stronger position to continue its work with children, young people and families across schools, communities and at the youth theatre once it is allowed to reopen.
Artistic Director and CEO Karen Metcalfe said: "This funding has come at a crucial moment when many theatres and arts organisations are feeling the devastating impact of being closed for nearly four months due to Covid-19.
"We are delighted that Arts Council England have recognised the impact that our work has on local people and have invested in our future by granting us this money to cover our losses during this period.
"We cannot wait until we can reopen and welcome all of our dedicated participants, audiences, volunteers, staff and supporters back to Burnley Youth Theatre"
At present the building remains closed but BYT is offering a varied online programme for participants aswell as developing new ways of working with schools and community groups in the future.
Karen said they would continue to take guidance from the government and will reopen as soon as it was possible to do so safely.