Arts Council set aside £1.5 million fund for grassroots venues and promoters

27 May 2019

£1.5 million will be put aside by Arts Council England to fund grassroots music venues and promoters. The money, funded by National Lottery Grants, will go to venues whose main function is to host live music.

The funding comes in the wake of numerous calls for betters arts funding after several grassroots venues across the country were forced to shut down. Sheffield’s own The Harley was one of the latest destinations to close its doors, with the venue announcing the news on Facebook last month.

They said: “It brings us great sadness that we have to shut The Harley with immediate effect. “Mounting financial pressures, much like many other music venues across the country, means that the business was no longer viable.”

The new Arts Council scheme, which opened last week, will accept applications for between £1,000 and £40,000 from music venues and promoters. The Music Venue Trust and The Musicians’ Union will assist the Arts Council as part of a wider initiative to take a sector-wide approach to supporting grassroots music. The Music Venue Trust will be providing help to venues in accessing the new funding, and will work to ensure that improvements are felt by both audiences and musicians.

Learn more about the grant and how to apply here. Applications close on March 31st, 2020.