Funding Breakthrough for Grassroots Music Venues

The Macbeth Receives Arts Council England Grant

Arts Council England To Offer Networking Sessions at Venues Day 2019

The Macbeth in Hoxton, London, has successfully bid to Arts Council England’s Supporting Grassroots Live Music Fund for a grant of £15,000 to support and develop the venue’s cultural programme. The venue is one of the first recipients of the new ACE fund, which was launched in May 2019 at The Great Escape.

Mark Robinson, The Macbeth

Mark Robinson
“The last ten years have been incredibly challenging. We know that hundreds of venues across the country were forced out of business and we really struggled to get through very tough times. This turns a corner for us, with a grant that will enable us to support and develop our programme. Arts Council England funding really puts us on the map as not just a great night out, but also a culturally important space that really matters to artists and to audiences. We would like to thank ACE for the opportunity of this fund and to thank Music Venue Trust for all the support they have given us in the last few years. To all the other venues out there thinking about applying; if The Macbeth can do it, you can to.”


Music Venue Trust and Arts Council England have been working closely together to ensure that venues have all the support they need to make an application. A special funding area at Venues Day 2019 has been created where venues can book one-to-one appointments with ACE Relationship Managers and with other funders including PRS Foundation.

Claire Mera-Nelson, Head of Music at ACE

Claire Mera-Nelson
“Arts Council England’s Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund was created in response to the needs of small venues across the country just like the Macbeth, and we are delighted that they have been successful in obtaining a grant to support a developing and expanding programme. A team of Arts Council Relationship Managers from across England will be on hand at Venues Day to offer advice and guidance to Grassroots Music Venues. We are looking forward to ensuring venues of all kinds understand how to register and apply for our grant funding.”


Venues Day 2019 takes place at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday 9 October. Venue Delegates wanting to book a one-to-one meeting with ACE staff during an afternoon session can contact MVT at [email protected].

Mark Davyd, CEO, Music Venue Trust

Mark Davyd, CEO, Music Venue Trus
“This is another huge step in recognising the cultural value of our Grassroots Music Venues and we are so delighted it is the Macbeth that is leading the way. Mark and his team at the venue have been through every kind of challenge you can imagine, only recently having to engage again with our Emergency Response team for support on a Licensing Review. Their success demonstrates that this really is a fund Grassroots Music Venues can apply to and get support from. At Venues Day we want to make sure that every venue that wants to make an application has the skills and the opportunity to do so.”