Summer Hall - credit Mihaela Bodlovic

Emergency Scottish Government relief funds reach grassroots music venues

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 Glasgow’s Nice N Sleazy owner Ariki Porteous 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 owner 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

 

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Notes to editors

Image credit: Mihaela Bodlovic, Summerhall

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 here.

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: Funding Programmes | Creative Scotland

More information about Covid-19 funding and resources can be accessed via www.FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot, and through Creative Scotland’s Resource Directory for COVID-19.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. For further information please visit www.creativescotland.com or follow Creative Scotland on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CreativeScots; Facebook: www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland and Instagram: www.instagram.com/creativescots

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