Liverpool’s iconic Cavern Club and Leeds’ popular The Brudenell Social Club are set to receive vital funding from the government which could make sure the venues survive the coronavirus crisis.
The two iconic venues are part of the 1,385 grassroots spaces which also includes theatres, museums and cultural organisations across England who are the recipients of a £257million grant, which is taken from the government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund. Liverpool’s The Cavern, which is where The Beatles honed their craft, has been given £525,000 to fund the recording of performances from local musicians which will be streamed online to provide employment opportunities for technical staff and artists from across the region.
Leeds’ The Brudenell, seen as being one of the most iconic grassroots venues across Britain and somewhat considered to be a right of passage for any artist to perform, has received £220,429 to host a free weekly event as well as live streams. The recipients for the grant are cultural organisations who initially applied to Arts Council England for support in August and have now finally received funding.
The venues who have been announced for the first time of funding are those that requested grants of under £1m and also include venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said before adding, “It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.”
The funding for The Cavern comes months after Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said that the venue could be on the brink of shutting its doors forever if they didn’t receive funding. “The prospect of losing a national jewel-like The Cavern is a horrible scenario for all concerned, be they Beatles fans, music lovers and above all those whose livelihoods depend on it,” he said in June.