Modern Sky UK

Modern Sky UK to receive £101,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Modern Sky UK among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Liverpool, 2nd April 2021 Modern Sky UK has received a grant of £101,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

The grant will go towards further developing and supporting Modern Sky UK’s artists across both its label and management operations.

Modern Sky UK is a leading independent record label and entertainment company, proudly located in the north of the England.

The Liverpool-based company overcame the odds in 2020, punching above its weight to earn 21 million streams across its label roster as well as signing 12 new acts. The label propelled Jamie Webster and Slow Readers Club to two Top 10 albums.

The Lathums debut album also hit the Top 20 under Modern Sky, before the company’s management division signed the band to Island Records in a seven-figure deal.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Modern Sky UK in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

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

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

“Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Modern Sky’s CEO UK & North America, Dave Pichilingi, said: “Modern Sky UK had a successful year in 2020 despite the conditions imposed by the pandemic. However, as for many independents, the future is still uncertain. We’re grateful for this investment from Arts Council England, DCMS and HM Treasury. It will help us continue to support and invest in talent here in the North and beyond during a difficult time for musicians and the wider creative sector.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, 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 which 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.


Notes to Editors

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Find out more at

At the Budget, the Chancellor announced the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund would be boosted with a further £300 million investment. Details of this third round of funding will be announced soon.

Modern Sky UK

Founded by Lihui Shen in 1997, Modern Sky Entertainment is a multi-faceted entertainment company, operating across records, publishing, live and video. It is the largest independent record label in China as well as being promoter of the largest music festivals in the territory under the banner of Strawberry Festivals.