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Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund

Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund

Applications to this fund are now closed. You can find information about the awards made in this news story.

On 10 July 2020, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture in the Scottish Government, announced the £2.2m Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund. Creative Scotland, together with the Scottish Music Industry Association, the Music Venue Trust and Scotland’s national enterprise agencies have contributed to the development of this fund.

The purpose of the fund

Grassroots live music venues are vital to Scotland’s music ecology, developing music and audiences as well as supporting talent development. They are venues where many musicians and music professionals develop their skills and their craft, testing out new approaches and developing audiences, as well as gaining vital experience of live performance. Grassroots live music venues provide important opportunities for people from all backgrounds to experience live music, both as audience members and as participants or performers.

The purpose of the fund is to provide grassroots live music venues that were financially sustainable before Covid-19 with the funds to prevent permanent closure and stabilise until 31 October 2020.

What is this fund for?

The purpose of the fund is to provide grassroots live music venues in Scotland (i.e. those developing new talent), that were financially sustainable before Covid-19, with the funds to prevent closure and stabilise them as agreed between The Music Venues Trust and The Scottish Government.

What is the budget for this fund?

The total budget for this fund is £2.2m. The funding comes from the Scottish Government.

How much can you apply for?

We will accept applications for between £5k and £50k.

Who can apply?

We are looking for applications from owners or tenants of venues that:

  • are indoor, permanent venues in Scotland whose main function is to present all-year- round live grassroots music events for a public audience
  • have a capacity of less than 600, however, we will consider applications from venues with capacities up to 1,000 on an exceptional basis if a significant grassroots focus can be demonstrated

Who cannot apply?

You cannot apply if you are:

  • a Creative Scotland Regular Funded Organisation
  • operated by local authorities or related Trusts or Arm’s Length External Organisations (ALEOs)

See the guidance document below for full information on eligibility.

What information do you need to give us in your application?

If your application is eligible then we will ask you to:

  • describe the volume of grassroots music activity and the impact the venue has on the local community and the development of musicians
  • demonstrate the venue was financially viable before Covid-19
  • demonstrate funding is required to stabilise the venue and prevent closure.

See the guidance document below for a full list of the questions that will be in the application form.

What is the timeline for the fund?

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Publication of fund guidance and application questions and required additional information

Wednesday 26 August 2020 at 12 noon

Online application portal goes live

Thursday 3 September 2020 at 12 noon

Deadline for Applications

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Eligibility Checking and Assessment

Friday 18 September 2020

Decision-making panel

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Notify all applicants of their decision


Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund Guidance

Download the guidance document in PDF format.

Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund cash flow template

Download the cash flow template in .xlsx format

How do I find out more information?

If you need more information please contact our Enquiries Service using one of the methods outlined on our Contact Us page.