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Emergency Scottish Government relief funds reach grassroots music venues

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  

Award 

Local 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, has a deadline of Friday 25 September. We aim to be able to distribute funds from October. The Screen element of these Hardship Funds opens 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. 

Contact Information

Claire Thomson

Media Relations & PR Officer

Creative Scotland

+44 141 302 1708

07747606146

claire.thomson@creativescotland.com

Notes to editors

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