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Emergency relief funds reach grassroots music venues

Published: 24 Feb 2021

Photo of the outside of Summerhall on a sunny day
Summerhall by Mihaela Bodlovic

82 venues across Scotland have received a total of £4million through the Scottish Government’s Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund delivered by Creative Scotland.

Aimed at providing grassroots live music venues with emergency support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and prevent closure, the £4million fund closed for the second round of applications on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

To date, over both funding rounds combined, 85 venues across Scotland have now received a total of £6.2million through the Fund. £2.2millon was awarded in the first round in September 2020.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“This is an incredibly difficult time for the live music sector and it is important that we support our grassroots music venues – which are key to our rich and diverse music scene – to survive until they can reopen.

“This fund, part of our ongoing commitment to support cultural sectors during the pandemic, aims to do that by ensuring financial support reaches a wide variety of music venues across the country.

“I thank the music sector for continuing to work with us to identify the most effective ways to help it.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland said:

“We’ve now been without live music for much longer than anyone could have imagined. Covid-19 has hit the music industry hard, and we all look forward to the day when musicians and audiences can get back together – in the same place, at the same time – to ignite the special spark of live performance.

“Grassroots venues are where talented musicians test and perfect their original material, where careers are borne and local scenes have their deepest roots. The first round of awards from this fund covered the length of Scotland, from Dumfries to Kirkwall. The second round broadens that support, reaching Arran and the East Neuk of Fife. These awards are proof of the confidence that the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland have in our music sector, its artists, its audiences, its technicians and, of course, its much-loved grassroots venues.”

On receiving funding Ariki Porteous of Glasgow’s Nice N Sleazy said:

"It has been a relief to receive this fund considering a return to normal trading still looks to be some way off. This money will help stabilize the business in the short term and will pay our recent tax bills but even if we can open, until normal licence hours resume, and capacity restrictions are lifted then live music venues and clubs will continue to be in a vulnerable position."

While General Manager of Edinburgh’s Summerhall, Rowan Campbell said:

“Summerhall is immensely grateful for this award which will help to secure our staff, our ongoing costs while closed and our ability to reopen in the coming months. It is a welcome lifeline that recognises our place as an important venue in the live music landscape of Scotland.”

And James Carr, Venue Manager at the Tooth & Claw in Inverness said:

"It means the world to us here at The Tooth & Claw to again be supported by The Scottish Government and Creative Scotland through the Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund. It will allow us to return and continue to support the local grassroots music scene and the extremely talented individuals that take to our stage. Like the general public we cannot wait for the return of live music!"

Recipients of the £4m Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund are:

Venue Name Awarded Amount Local Authority 
1703 Dunfermline  £35,000  Fife 
1807  £35,000  West Lothian 
1912  £35,000  West Lothian 
Aros Centre  £28,000  Highland 
Audio  £32,000  Glasgow City 
Backstage Kinross  £40,000  Perth and Kinross 
Bannermans  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
The Banshee Labyrinth  £50,000  City of Edinburgh 
Beat Generator Live!  £51,608  Dundee City 
Berkeley Suite  £57,060  Glasgow City 
BLOC+  £66,200  Glasgow City 
The Blue Arrow Jazz Club  £66,200  Glasgow City 
The Blue Lamp  £9,554  Aberdeen City 
The Bongo Club  £50,000  City of Edinburgh 
Box  £66,200  Glasgow City 
Bridge Street Social Club   £50,000  Aberdeen City 
Broadcast  £66,200  Glasgow City 
The Bungalow  £38,000  Renfrewshire 
Café Drummonds  £60,000  Aberdeen City 
Callums Cavern CC'S   £19,298  Renfrewshire 
The Caves  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
The Church  £66,200  Dundee City 
The Clutha Bar  £45,000  Glasgow City 
Conroy's  £23,422  Dundee City 
Cottiers Theatre  £30,000  Glasgow City 
The Douglas Arms  £20,000  Dumfries and Galloway 
Dreadnoughtrock  £45,490  West Lothian 
Flying Duck  £60,000  Glasgow City 
Futtle  £22,000  Fife 
The Gellions  £50,000  Highland 
The Glad Cafe C.I.C  £66,200  Glasgow City 
Harleys  £66,200  South Ayrshire 
Henry's Cellar Bar  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
Hootenanny  £66,200  Highland 
The Howlin Wolf  £66,200  Glasgow City 
The Hug and Pint  £66,200  Glasgow City 
The Hunter S Thompson  £21,000  Dundee City 
Ivory Blacks  £40,601  Glasgow City 
The Jazz Bar  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
King Tuts Wah Wah Hut  £66,200  Glasgow City 
King's  £66,200  Dundee City 
The Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Limited  £30,000  Fife 
Krakatoa  £59,500  Aberdeen City 
LaBelle Angele  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
La Cheetah Club  £66,200  Glasgow City 
Leith Depot  £27,981  City of Edinburgh 
Marmions   £35,000  Scottish Borders 
The Mash House  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
McChuills  £63,800  Glasgow City 
McGeochs  £43,500  Inverclyde 
Midnight Breakfast Club  £3,749  West Lothian 
Mono  £60,000  Glasgow City 
Muckys Bar &   £28,774  Perth and Kinross 
Nice N Sleazy  £66,200  Glasgow City 
Opium  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
Nicos bar   £40,000  Glasgow City 
The Old Hairdressers  £55,000  Glasgow City 
The Pierhead Tavern  £30,000  North Ayrshire 
PJ Malloys  £52,732  Fife 
The Poetry Club  £30,000  Glasgow City 
Priory Bar  £45,000  Glasgow City 
Purple Orange  £28,524  West Lothian 
Room 2  £59,049  Glasgow City 
The Rum Shack  £19,251  Glasgow City 
Saint Luke's & The Winged Ox  £66,200  Glasgow City 
Sandy Bell's  £10,000  City of Edinburgh 
Sneaky Pete's  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
The Sound Archive  £34,911  Orkney Islands 
Stramash  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
Stereo  £66,200  Glasgow City 
The Sub-Club  £66,200  Glasgow City 
Summerhall  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
Swing  £50,000  East Dunbartonshire 
Temple  £64,200  Falkirk 
The Tooth and Claw  £59,996  Highland 
Tunnels  £50,000  Aberdeen City 
The Twa Tams  £66,200  Perth and Kinross 
Unit 51  £50,000  Aberdeen City 
The View  £20,000  Argyll and Bute 
The Voodoo Rooms  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
Whistle Binkies  £66,200  City of Edinburgh 
Woodside hotel  £15,000  Fife 
Total £4,000,000  


Today’s announcement represents the second round of the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund which closed for applications on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

The first round of awards made through this Fund were announced in September 2020 with 68 venues receiving a total of £2.2millon. Full information about the Fund, including eligibility and criteria, can be found on the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund page.

The Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund is one of a series of measures being put in place since March 2020, to help mitigate the immediate impacts of Covid-19 on the creative and cultural sector.

A total of £74.9m in emergency COVID-19 funds for art and creativity are being delivered by Creative Scotland in 2020/21, made up of funds from the Scottish Government, the National Lottery and the Freelands Foundation.

Emergency funding programmes include the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund; the Independent Cinemas Recovery and Resilience Fund; the Screen Scotland Freelancer Hardship Fund, the Creative Freelancer Hardship Fund; the Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Practice and the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund. For details on all funding programmes please visit our Funding Programmes page.

More information about COVID-19 funding and resources can be accessed via www.FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot.

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