A new fund to support grassroots live music venues at imminent risk of insolvency has been announced this week by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
As part of the £1.57 billion package announced recently to protect the UK’s culture and heritage sector during Covid-19, the Arts Council will administer the fund on behalf of the Government.
We have had the privilege to work alongside many of the city’s best live music venues, we are also pretty proud to be based in Digbeth, Birmingham, surrounded by an amazing music and nightlife culture that, and like many sectors, has been hit hard by the Covid-19 lockdown.
As a team, we have always immersed ourselves in Birmingham’s music culture and have worked with, loved and supported many independent venues throughout the years.
Grassroots live music venues are essential for providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds to experience live music, whether that be as performers, audience members or industry professional; this couldn’t be more true than in our home of Birmingham, a city with a rich tapestry of music and scenes which have taken the UK and world by storm.
The newly unveiled grant is to support grassroots live music venues that are now at imminent risk of insolvency having been financially stable before Covid-19 and is open for applications until 3 August 2020, midday. Head over to the Arts Council website to find out how to make an application.
We hope that this vital funding will help some of our friends in the city get back on their feet, and we very much look forward to returning to our favourite spots in the not too distant future.
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