Music Venue Trust Welcomes £2.2 Million Fund From Scottish Government For Grassroots Music Venues
Fund will stabilise venues in short term and prevent permanent closures
Scottish Grassroots Music Venues will receive £2.2 million from Scottish Government to stabilise venues and prevent permanent closure. Announced today by Economy Secretary Ms Fiona Hyslop, the fund was agreed with Music Venue Trust and will support Grassroots Music Venues until October.
Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of Grassroots Music Venues across the UK and 74 member venues in Scotland, has been working with Scottish Government since venues were forced to close due to lockdown in March.
Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director, Music Venue Trust
Grassroots Music Venues are the ‘research and development’ hub of Scotland’s music industry and invaluable community hubs. The internationally established definition of GMVs can be found here. MVT expect venues which fit these criteria to be eligible for the fund which is intended to cover fixed costs which include rent, non-furloughed staff, servicing debts and utilities.
Nick Stewart, Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh
MVT previously called upon Westminster for an immediate cash injection of £50m for UK GMVs and a cut in VAT on tickets and orchestrated the #saveourvenues campaign which, to date, has raised £2.5m in donations and grants. They were also key players in the ongoing #letthemusicplay campaign with the wider live music community, which has seen a huge outpouring of support from artists and the public.
- Offering practical tools and information so the GMV sector knew exactly what it had to do, what support was out there and how to get it.
- Appointed Coordinators across the UK to ensure venues were fully supported to access every lifeline they could, including supporting grant applications, attracting matched funding, creating opportunities and activating fundraising events.
- Delivered information, advice and guidance direct to every level of government and to the sector so the size and scale of the problem could be fully understood.
- Directly intervened in potential venue closures, reaching agreements with landlords, services and suppliers to give the sector the chance to make it to 30 June and providing financial support to venues to pull them back from the cliff edge.