The government has made £2.25m available to help grassroots music venues through the next few months, but the window to apply for a grant of up to £80,000 is short – with it due to close on 3rd August. If your venue would benefit from these funds you can find out more and lodge your application on the Arts Council website here.
This fund comes as part of a bigger relief package, which will distribute £880m to cultural and arts organisations. It will be allocated by different bodies within the arts and cultural sectors, and we advise paying attention to government announcements on how you and your business may access these emergency funds.
Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretery, commented: “Help is on the way to our much loved cultural and heritage organisations with our £1.57 billion fund. This support package will protect buildings, organisations and people to help ensure our wonderful institutions, big and small, pull through COVID.
“Today we’re publishing guidance so organisations know how to access help. We’re also calling on organisations to be creative in diversifying their income streams and the public to continue supporting the places they love so this funding can be spread as far and wide as possible”.
We’ve also been keen to assist our friends and colleagues at venues, promoters and other arts organisations through this period, and developed a way of collecting donations through our site back in early April. The Event That Never Happened has raised many thousands of pounds for grassroots events organisations, and it’s still running. Find out more about how your organisation could fundraise with us here.