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Organisations told financial help tied to crediting culture fund on web and in news letters

Arts organisations and businesses desperate for financial survival have been told that rescue grants are tied to them publicly praising a government campaign.

Emergency funding worth £76m was awarded to 588 venues, comedy clubs, circuses, festivals, regional theatres and local museums across the UK, in the second round of funding pledged from the government’s £1.57bn culture recovery fund. Last Monday, £257m was awarded to 1,385 applicants, bringing the spend by Arts Council England so far to £333m.

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