Pop star busks in Broadgate to thank Coventry for lottery support - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Pop star busks in Broadgate to thank Coventry for lottery support

John Carlon 23rd Oct, 2019

SINGER-songwriter Tom Grennan busked in Broadgate yesterday, (October 22), performing to say thank you to National Lottery players who have helped invest over £2.2billion into the performing arts over the past 25 years.

Grennan, whose track ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking for’ is the theme music for Sky Sports Super Sunday, busked in front of Lady Godiva with his guitarist.

He was joined by Coventry’s own Godiva Academy of Performing Arts, who performed at a National Lottery funded event to announce Coventry as the City of Culture 2021 in March this year, and also local dancers from the East Midlands Carribean Carnival Arts Network – who themselves have received funding from the National Lottery.

Grennan shot to fame last year, with a nomination for best breakthrough artist at the Q Awards 2018. His debut album reached the top five in the UK charts, and he sold-out a nationwide tour. He also recently made it into the Guinness Book Of Records for performing the highest number of concerts (ten) in 12 hours.

The National Lottery has invested over £2.2 billion in 29,251 projects to help develop a diverse range of performance arts in England, spanning theatre, dance and music.

Over 44,000 theatre, dance and music projects that support the development of the performance arts sector in the UK, have been made possible thanks to National Lottery Funding over the last 25 years.

Tom Grennan said: “It is great to perform in Coventry, the City of Culture 2021, as part of the The National Lottery 25th birthday celebrations. The £2.2 billion they have contributed to the performing arts has been instrumental in helping support UK talent and elevating important projects close to our hearts.

“Performing my song Found What I’ve Been Looking For, alongside Coventry’s leading performers, is a perfect way to showcase the variety of different projects that The National Lottery supports across the nation.”

Sue Williamson, West Midlands director at Arts Council England said: “The Arts Council invests money from the National Lottery in organisations and individuals, offering everyone the opportunity to enjoy inspiring arts and culture. This is your money being spent back on your doorstep, so it’s only right that you enjoy its benefits.

“Coventry has a long tradition as a centre for creativity and from The Fabularium’s fantastical street theatre which tells bedtime stories, to Mercurial Arts’ outdoor, spoken word and dance projects which address health and wellbeing challenges faced by people living in our cities, National Lottery funding is helping this ambitious city explore the role of culture in a diverse and modern Britain.”

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