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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, 72 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. All 72 eligible applications have received funding.

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 72 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 £20,000.00 Highland
Audio Glasgow £23,379.00 Glasgow City
Bannermans £38,000.00 City of Edinburgh
Beat Generator Live! £21,448.00 Dundee City
Berkeley Suite £31,840.00 Glasgow City
BLOC+ £40,000.00 Glasgow City
Box £30,000.00 Glasgow City
Bridge Street Social Club  £35,000.00 Aberdeen City
Broadcast £40,000.00 Glasgow City
Cafe Drummonds £39,500.00 Aberdeen City
Cathouse Rock Club £15,000.00 Glasgow City
Church Dundee £40,000.00 Dundee City
Coach and Horses Inn £17,000.00 Dumfries and Galloway
Cottiers Theatre £30,000.00 Glasgow City
Dreadnoughtrock £33,400.00 West Lothian
Gellions Bar £35,900.00 Highland
Harleys £35,000.00 South Ayrshire
Henry's Cellar Bar £40,000.00 City of Edinburgh
Hootananny £40,000.00 Highland
Ivory Blacks £12,500.00 Glasgow City
King Tuts Wah Wah Hut £40,000.00 Glasgow City
King's £38,000.00 Dundee City
Kings Theatre and Live Lounge £35,000.00 Fife
Krakatoa £23,500.00 Aberdeen City
La Belle Angele £40,000.00 City of Edinburgh
La Cheetah Club  £40,000.00 Glasgow City
Leith Depot £32,882.00 City of Edinburgh
Marmions Place @ The Wynd £22,500.00 Scottish Borders
McGeoch’s Music Bar £31,000.00 Inverclyde
Midnight Breakfast Club £6,700.00 West Lothian
Nice n Sleazy £40,000.00 Glasgow City
Opium £35,000.00 City of Edinburgh
Oran Mor £40,000.00 Glasgow City
PJ Molloys £17,672.00 Fife
Purple Orange Arts Venue £10,000.00 West Lothian
Rad Apples / Conroy's Basement £12,000.00 Dundee City
Room 2  £29,500.00 Glasgow City
Saint Luke's Glasgow £40,000.00 Glasgow City
Sneaky Pete's £40,000.00 City of Edinburgh
Stereo £40,000.00 Glasgow City
Stramash £35,000.00 City of Edinburgh
Sub Club £40,000.00 Glasgow City
Summerhall £40,000.00 City of Edinburgh
Swing £26,500.00 Glasgow City
Temple Falkirk £35,000.00 Falkirk
The 13th Note £40,000.00 Glasgow City
The Blue Arrow £40,000.00 Glasgow City
The Blue Lamp £33,000.00 Aberdeen City
The Bungalow £21,500.00 Renfrewshire
The Caves £38,000.00 City of Edinburgh
The Clutha Bar  £40,000.00 Glasgow City
The Dancehall at the Rum Shack £13,400.00 Glasgow City
The Flying Duck £17,000.00 Glasgow City
The Garage £30,000.00 Glasgow City
The Glad Cafe £35,500.00 Glasgow City
The Hug and Pint £26,000.00 Glasgow City
The Hunter S Thompson £23,000.00 Dundee City
The Jazz Bar £40,000.00 City of Edinburgh
The Liquid Room £40,000.00 City of Edinburgh
The Mash House £39,500.00 City of Edinburgh
The Old Hairdressers £28,000.00 Glasgow City
The Poetry Club £31,000.00 Glasgow City
The Priory Bar £25,000.00 Glasgow City
The Sound Archive £10,870.00 Orkney Islands
The Tooth & Claw £16,000.00 Highland
The Tunnels £25,000.00 Aberdeen City
The Twa Tams £37,500.00 Perth and Kinross
The Vault Arts Centre £21,508.00 Dumfries & Galloway
The View £20,000.00 Argyll and Bute
The Voodoo Rooms £40,000.00 City of Edinburgh
Unit 51 £25,000.00 Aberdeen City
Whistle Binkies £35,000.00 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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