Emergency Scottish Government relief funds reach grassroots music venues

Published: 22 Sep 2020

Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund

From Melrose to Kirkwall, Portree to Kirkcaldy, 68 venues across Scotland have received a total of £2.2million through the Scottish Government’s Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund through Creative Scotland.

Aimed at providing grassroots live music venues with the emergency funds to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and prevent closure, the £2.2million fund which launched on Thursday 3 September, received 98 applications totalling £3.2million.

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland said: “Live music has been hit particularly hard by Covid-19, and Creative Scotland is only too aware of the severity of that impact. These awards, to venues across Scotland, will help bring short-term stability to the grassroots music sector and alleviate some of the challenges that the ongoing pandemic has presented.

“Music is such a significant part of Scotland’s cultural life and it is here, at grassroots level, that talented musicians create new material connecting with audiences young and old. We look forward to the day when we’ll all be back together, cheering on artists face to face – but, until then, this fund will provide a lifeline to one of the most vibrant scenes that Scotland has to offer.”

Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director, Music Venue Trust said: “Music Venue Trust is grateful to Scottish Government for creating a ring fenced fund which recognises the vital role that Grassroots Music Venues play in Scottish culture.

“There is still a lot of work to do to support these venues through the crisis but to see so many venues awarded short-term financial support is an incredible step forward. We thank Creative Scotland for working so hard to make this possible and involving us in shaping the fund so it could be targeted effectively. We look forward to working further with them.”

Recipients of the £2.2m Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund are:

Venue AwardLocal Authority 
Aros Centre £20,000 Highland
Audio Glasgow £23,379 Glasgow City
Bannermans £44,656 City of Edinburgh
Beat Generator Live! £21,448 Dundee City
Berkeley Suite £31,840 Glasgow City
BLOC+ £46,656 Glasgow City
Box £36,656 Glasgow City
Bridge Street Social Club  £35,000 Aberdeen City
Broadcast £46,656 Glasgow City
Cafe Drummonds £39,500 Aberdeen City
Church Dundee £46,656 Dundee City
Coach and Horses Inn £17,000 Dumfries and Galloway
Cottiers Theatre £30,000 Glasgow City
Dreadnoughtrock £33,400 West Lothian
Gellions Bar £35,900 Highland
Harleys £35,000 South Ayrshire
Henry's Cellar Bar £45,000 City of Edinburgh
Hootananny £46,656 Highland
Ivory Blacks £12,500 Glasgow City
King Tuts Wah Wah Hut £46,656 Glasgow City
King's £38,000 Dundee City
Kings Theatre and Live Lounge £35,000 Fife
Krakatoa £23,500 Aberdeen City
La Belle Angele £40,000 City of Edinburgh
La Cheetah Club  £46,656 Glasgow City
Leith Depot £32,882 City of Edinburgh
Marmions Place @ The Wynd £22,500 Scottish Borders
McGeoch’s Music Bar £31,000 Inverclyde
Midnight Breakfast Club £6,700 West Lothian
Nice n Sleazy £46,656 Glasgow City
Opium £35,000 City of Edinburgh
PJ Molloys £17,672 Fife
Purple Orange Arts Venue £10,000 West Lothian
Rad Apples / Conroy's Basement £12,000 Dundee City
Room 2  £29,500 Glasgow City
Saint Luke's Glasgow £46,500 Glasgow City
Sneaky Pete's £46,656 City of Edinburgh
Stereo £46,656 Glasgow City
Stramash £35,000 City of Edinburgh
Sub Club £40,000 Glasgow City
Summerhall £46,656 City of Edinburgh
Swing £26,500 Glasgow City
Temple Falkirk £35,000 Falkirk
The 13th Note £42,000 Glasgow City
The Blue Arrow £46,656 Glasgow City
The Blue Lamp £33,000 Aberdeen City
The Bungalow £21,500 Renfrewshire
The Caves £38,000 City of Edinburgh
The Clutha Bar  £40,000 Glasgow City
The Dancehall at the Rum Shack £13,400 Glasgow City
The Flying Duck£17,000 Glasgow City
The Glad Cafe £35,500 Glasgow City
The Hug and Pint £26,000 Glasgow City
The Hunter S Thompson £23,000 Dundee City
The Jazz Bar £46,656 City of Edinburgh
The Mash House £39,500 City of Edinburgh
The Old Hairdressers £28,000 Glasgow City
The Poetry Club £31,000 Glasgow City
The Priory Bar £25,000 Glasgow City
The Sound Archive £10,870 Orkney Islands
The Tooth & Claw £21,004 Highland
The Tunnels £25,000 Aberdeen City
The Twa Tams £37,500 Perth and Kinross
The Vault Arts Centre £21,508 Dumfries & Galloway
The View £20,000 Argyll and Bute
The Voodoo Rooms £46,656 City of Edinburgh
Unit 51 £25,000 Aberdeen City
Whistle Binkies £35,000 City of Edinburgh

The Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund is one of a series of measures being put in place to help mitigate the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on the creative and cultural sector, including five new emergency funds which were announced by the First Minister on Friday 28 August and are being delivered through Creative Scotland as follows:

  • The £15million Culture Organisation and Venues Recovery Fund, which has opened for applications today, Thursday 17 September, with a deadline of Thursday 24 September.
  • The £3.5million Independent Cinemas Recovery and Resilience Fund, which opened for applications on Monday 14 September with a deadline of Monday 5 October.
  • The £5million Creative Freelancer Hardship Fund for which we issued an open call for partner organisations to help us distribute this fund on Friday 11 September with a deadline of Friday 25 September. We aim to be able to distribute funds from October. The Screen element of these Hardship Funds will open for applications on Tuesday 22 September.
  • The £5million Sustaining Creative Practice Fund includes £1.5million for the Culture Collective programme, mentioned in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, supporting organisations employing freelance artists to work in and with communities across Scotland. The remaining £3.5million has been added to Creative Scotland’s existing open fund which is open for applications from individuals now.

The previously announced £5million open call element of the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund which closed for applications on Thursday 27 August has received 42 applications and awards will be announced by Thursday 24 September.

Updates on all emergency funds are being published regularly on the Creative Scotland website and publicised through media and social media communications.


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