Economy Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, today announced that Scottish grassroots music venues will receive £2.2 million to help stabilise venues in the short term and prevent permanent closures.
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.
“Music Venue Trust is delighted to have agreed this funding with Scottish Government, and we thank them very much for their commitment to grassroots music venues. This funding will stabilise venues in the short term and prevent permanent closures, and we can begin to plan towards reopening every venue safely”
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 from Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh said:
“This provides a lifeline for venues like Sneaky Pete’s whose future hangs in the balance. With no income in the pipeline and no reliable timeline for opening, venues’ staff have been distraught, especially as other enterprise or arts funding schemes were inaccessible to them. This will provide well-earned relief for these venues, and not before time. At Sneaky Pete’s we can begin to plan our recovery now, so that we can bring back music to our community who have really rallied behind us in an incredible way. We’re over the moon that we’ve been assured we can survive to eventually get back to making more paid performance opportunities for musicians. I think this time has really seen audiences realise how much they value their local music venues. We get supportive messages every day from music fans aching to see us reopen. They say you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone, but thanks to this great news we are still here!”
MVT’s #saveourvenues campaign has, to date, 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.
MVT patrons: http://musicvenuetrust.com/patrons/
The Scottish grassroots music venues which hope to benefit from this welcome injection of funds:
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
The Tooth & Claw, Inverness
The View, Oban
PJ Molloys, Dunfermline
Temple Falkirk, Falkirk
The Bungalow, Paisley
The Glad Cafe, Glasgow
Church Dundee, Dundee
Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
Leith Depot, Edinburgh
Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh
The Bongo Club, Edinburgh
Mac Arts, Galashiels