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DJ Mag awarded Arts Council England grant

We’re among more than 2,700 recipients in the latest round of awards from the UK Government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund

DJ Mag has been awarded a grant of £659,089 by Arts Council England, as part of the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

In the latest round of support from the £1.57billion scheme, more than £300million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced at 12:01am today (Friday 2nd April).

As the UK's longest-running electronic music magazine still available in print — originally launched in 1991, to report on the emerging electronic music scene in the UK — DJ Mag is a long-term supporter of UK music scenes and artists, and an employer of creatives from a wide range of disciplines. We applied for the grant for a number of key reasons:

  • To continue producing a monthly print magazine
  • To return all full-time employees from furlough
  • To reinstate our freelance network to pre-pandemic levels by recommencing commissioning work across our channels

The result of these changes is that we will be in a position to continue trading, producing content that supports artists and music scenes worldwide, protect the employment of creatives across our network, and continue the important work outlined in our diversity pledge

Speaking about the award, Martin Carvell, Managing Director of DJ Mag, said: “We’re very grateful to the Arts Council, who have recognised us as culturally important, alongside nearly 3,000 other recipients. We would also like to thank the artists, industry leaders and community partners that supported our application. As an independent publisher, the pandemic has been a particularly challenging period, and this award will allow us to continue our work.”

Over £800million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 clubs, music venues, cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites, and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking about the scheme, Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

“We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot that was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the British Film Institute.

If you would like to share any thoughts or feedback regarding this announcement, or would like to explore ways of working with DJ Mag, we invite you to email us at community@djmag.com.