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A Statement from Rambert

8th July 2020

This is a testing time for the performing arts, and the current crisis has presented our sector with perhaps our biggest challenge yet. Like many of our peers, we are sad that we cannot perform in front of the live audiences we love and are working hard behind the scenes to find new ways of delivering value and impact.

We welcome the government support package for the arts sector and look forward to hearing further details. We also received some good news yesterday: we have been successful in our application to the Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund. This grant goes some way to mitigating against the £1m of losses we experienced when we went into lockdown. With this additional support, we can start to plan for the future and have renewed hope.

We are also determined that this period will lead our sector and those who support it to reflect on how we can do better. At Rambert, we are committed to radically inclusive leadership. We are deep in discussion about how we create a more equitable culture which reflects the contribution of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities and how we support, train and encourage each other in welcoming a wider, more diverse range of people to join in and contribute to the cause we so passionately believe in. Above all, we recognise that public money brings a welcome responsibility to enable access to excellence for all.

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