ECHO to raise curtain on Theatre Trust grant recipients on December 11
ARTS groups across Merseyside will soon find out if they are to receive a big cash boost from Liverpool's iconic Empire Theatre.
£20,000 is being given away by the Empire Theatre Trust - and dozens of local arts, dance and community theatre groups have applied for it.
A number of carefully selected winners will be chosen to receive grants of up to £2,000 each under the Active Arts programme.
That is being run this year, in conjunction with the Liverpool ECHO, to mark the theatre’s 150th anniversary.
More than 140 different groups have applied for a slice of the money, designed to help them with new ideas and projects or performances - things which simply would not happen without the help from the Trust, which owns the world famous theatre on Lime Street.
Said Trust Chairman Terry Smith: “We’ve had a really good response - there are clearly an awful lot of groups out there in the region who need help these days to keep going and keep growing.
“We’ve seen some very creative and inspiring ideas which require support to make them happen - and that is just what this anniversary give away is all about.
“Judging has been proving very difficult - but we’ve assembled a great panel on it and there will be some good news for a number of these groups very soon now.”
“The volume of applications alone reminds us of how important community arts groups are - and of the wonderful work they do at grassroots levels.
“I wish we could help everyone - but of course we have to be selective.”