City of London swaps capital for captioning with £7k Stagetext grant

Melanie Sharpe
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A charity that improves access to the performing arts for hard of hearing people has received a £6,800 grant to expand its work in London theatres.

Stagetext was awarded the funding by the City of London Corporation’s new Central Grants Programme to make theatres in central London more inclusive for deaf and hard of hearing people.

The charity, which provides captioning and live subtitling services at theatres and other arts venues, will use the grant to train more organisations in deaf awareness and the use of captioning and subtitling.

Melanie Sharpe, chief executive at Stagetext, said: “With the Corporation’s help we will be able to grow awareness of our services and provide more events within the Square Mile, meaning many more deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people will have access to arts and culture.

“We are looking forward to getting started on the project with our partners and making real change happen.”

Stagetext is one of eight London organisations to become the first to receive funding from the Central Grants Programme, a new grants scheme supporting community, cultural, environmental, educational and employment projects in London.