Emergency fund to support grassroots music venues now open

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced the launch of a £2.25 million Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund to support grassroots live music venues at imminent risk of insolvency.

This is the first fund from the Government’s £1.57 billion support package for the UK’s culture and heritage sectors to help offset the economic impact of Covid-19. The fund is being administered, awarded and monitored by Arts Council England on behalf of DCMS, who have set the criteria for the fund.

The £2.25 million fund is designed to help organisations to remain solvent until 30 September and will be available to a broad range of venues that present live grassroots music events to the public, including multi-arts venues that host other events and entertainment alongside a main programme of music.

The fund opened for applications on Saturday 25 July 2020 and will close at midday on 3 August 2020.

Applicants can apply for funding ranging from £1,000 up to £80,000, to cover operational costs incurred between 4 August and 30 September 2020.

For further information and how to apply, visit this page of the Arts Council England website.

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