Manchester music venues Deaf Institute and Gorilla to close
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First 135 music venues to receive emergency grants announced

The first 135 grassroots music venues across England that will receive emergency grants from the recently announced £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund have been revealed by the Government.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport revealed that £3.36million of that fund would go towards England’s fledgeling grassroots venues which have been put under immense strain because of the ongoing pandemic. Individual venues have been awarded up to £80,000 to help cover ongoing running costs.

Some of the venues that are set to receive the funding include Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge, Bristol’s Louisiana, Brighton’s Green Door Store, London’s Village Underground and Manchester’s Gorilla.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has commented: “This Government is here for culture and these grants today show we are determined to help our exceptional music industry weather the COVID storm and come back stronger. Grassroots music venues are where the magic starts and these emergency grants from our £1.57 billion fund will ensure these music venues survive to create the Adeles and Ed Sheeran’s of the future.”

“I encourage music fans to help too by supporting music and cultural events as they start to get going again. We need a collective effort to help the things we love through COVID,” Dowden added.

Arts Council England CEO Darren Henley is relieved by the news: “This much-welcomed emergency investment from the government into grassroots music venues will have a profoundly positive impact on England’s music ecology, and today’s news will mean a great deal to the many artists, audiences and communities they serve across the country. I’m pleased that the Arts Council has been able to use its expertise to administer this fund, ensuring that we are supporting music venues in these challenging times,” he stated.

The full list of recipients of the funding can be found here.

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