We are grateful and proud that Kings Place has been awarded a substantial grant by the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This recognises the key role Kings Place plays in a wide community of freelance musicians, ensembles, performers, podcasters, arts organisations and diverse audiences.
In the most devastating year in the venue’s 12 year history, this invaluable support will enable us to retain our dedicated core team and to work with our family of artistic partners to present an enriching and varied programme in the months ahead. Astonishingly, since we launched our Culture Clinics in the summer, we have presented more than 100 events, from spell-binding concerts to the London Podcast Festival, both in the hall and on-line via the KPlayer. The funding will also enable us to offer work to our talented front of house, box office and technical teams, and spaces to music education and community charities, and for schools concerts.
However, Kings Place remains in an extremely fragile position. We have lost £2.5m in income this year. The creative and financial synergy which enabled the corporate events business, Kings Place Events, to subsidise the arts charity, Kings Place Music Foundation, was blown apart by the pandemic, and the future for business events is more uncertain than ever. We are under no illusion as to the scale of the challenge ahead: we have made enormous progress with our live-streaming platform, but only being able to seat 30% of our audience in the halls is not ultimately sustainable.
But the Culture Recovery grant, and the generous support of our audiences, have given us the wherewithal and the encouragement to continue our mission: stay with us, and we will continue to innovate ways of bringing artists and audiences together.