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Emergency Scottish Government relief funds reach grassroots music venues in the Highlands

4 venues in the Highlands have received over £200,000 through the Scottish Government’s Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund delivered by Creative Scotland. 

The Tooth and Claw, Hootenanny, and The Gellions in Inverness, and Aros Centre on the Isle of Skye are among 82 venues across Scotland which have received a total of £4million.

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. 

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.” 

This is the second of two funding rounds. 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. 

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 

 

 

Contact Information

Notes to editors

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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