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Music Venue Trust is calling on the music industry, cultural sector and the UK’s most successful musicians to come together to create a £1 million fighting fund to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of Grassroots Music Venues across the UK.
 
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Grassroots Music Venues Receive Lifeline

Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a world-leading £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus, the government announced today.

Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans.

The money, which represents the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, will provide a lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations across the country hit hard by the pandemic. It will help them stay afloat while their doors are closed. Funding to restart paused projects will also help support employment, including freelancers working in these sectors.

This new package will be available across the country and ensure the future of these multi billion-pound industries are secured.

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
From iconic theatre and musicals, mesmerising exhibitions at our world-class galleries to gigs performed in local basement venues, the UK’s cultural industry is the beating heart of this country. This money will help safeguard the sector for future generations, ensuring arts groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat and support their staff whilst their doors remain closed and curtains remain down.

 

Oliver Dowden MP, HM Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Oliver Dowden MP, HM Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Our arts and culture are the soul of our nation. They make our country great and are the lynchpin of our world-beating and fast growing creative industries. I understand the grave challenges the arts face and we must protect and preserve all we can for future generations. Today we are announcing a huge support package of immediate funding to tackle the funding crisis they face. I said we would not let the arts down, and this massive investment shows our level of commitment.

 

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Our world-renowned galleries, museums, heritage sites, music venues and independent cinemas are not only critical to keeping our economy thriving, employing more than 700,000 people, they’re the lifeblood of British culture. That’s why we’re giving them the vital cash they need to safeguard their survival, helping to protect jobs and ensuring that they can continue to provide the sights and sounds that Britain is famous for.

 

This unprecedented package include a £1.15 billion support pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million grants.

The new funding will also mean an extra £188 million for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33 million), Scotland (£97 million) and Wales (£59 million).

Music Venue Trust warmly welcomes this unprecedented intervention into Britain’s world class live music scene. We’d like to thank the Secretary of State and the team at DCMS for the opportunity to work closely together throughout this crisis to develop genuine solutions to the challenges faced by Grassroots Music Venues. This fund provides the opportunity to stabilise and protect our vibrant and vital network of venues and gives us the time we need to create a plan to Reopen Every Venue Safely.

On behalf of every Grassroots Music Venue in the UK we would like to take this opportunity to thank every music fan, every artist, every activist, and every one of you, our people, who got this done.

“Without people, you’re nothing”

Joe Strummer

We have you, and that’s everything. Thank you.

 


 


GMV CRISIS FUND

Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Fund

To avoid a catastrophic outcome for our grassroots artists, workers and musicians, Music Venue Trust is today launching a Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Fund. The GMVCF will give MVT the funding it needs to place its existing Emergency Response service on a crisis footing. Last year, the Emergency Response Service prevented 91 closures in 12 months.

In the next 3 months alone, MVT needs the resources and financial backing to prevent over 550 potential closures. MVT’s Emergency Response Service will defend each individual venue that comes under threat of permanent closure as and when it happens, taking actions required to prevent that venue from being permanently lost. MVT’s Emergency Response Service has a proven track record in preventing venue closures and has been successful in 98% of threatened closure cases.

 
MVT needs to raise £1 million from the music industry, cultural sector and high net worth individuals to fully fund this service. With this funding MVT will be able to respond directly and dynamically to every threatened closure and provide emergency financial support when required to prevent the permanent closure of Grassroots Music Venues.

Music Venue Trust wants to save every single Grassroots Music Venue in the UK so that it can reopen after this crisis and continue to be a home to our musicians and our communities. Please join us.

If you are part of an organisation that wishes to donate to the Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Fund please contact Beverley Whitrick – [email protected], 07809 155 388

Personal donations can be made at: gofundme.com

 


Music Venue Trust is a UK Registered Charity which acts to protect, secure and improve UK Grassroots Music Venues for the benefit of venues, communities and upcoming artists.
 

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Music Venues Alliance is a free-to-join informal association of Grassroots Music Venues across the UK.
 

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Regular Donors

MVT would like to thank the following companies which support our work with regular donations:
The O2
Jack Daniel’s
Strings & Things Ltd.
Fightback Lager
Manchester Academy

 


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