Further Support for Scottish Grassroots Music Venues Announced

21 Jan 2021


Eligible venues can now apply for the new round of emergency funding from the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund, delivered through Creative Scotland.

The purpose of the fund is to provide grassroots live music venues that were financially sustainable before Covid-19 with the funds to prevent permanent closure and stabilise until end June 2021.

Two categories of venues will be eligible to apply for support:

Grassroots music venues that received funding in the first round of the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund.

  • These venues will be contacted directly by email with details of how to apply for funding. Applications from these venues open on Wednesday 25 January and close at 12 noon on Wednesday 3 February.

Grassroots music venues that did not receive funding in the first round of the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund and have been assessed as eligible to apply following the submission of an expression of interest.

  • The expressions of interest portal will open on Wednesday 20 January 2021 and will close at 12 noon on Wednesday 27 January 2021.
  • If permission is given to apply, the deadline for applications is 12 noon Wednesday 3 February.

Eligible venues should ordinarily host a year-round programme of live music, with a significant focus on grassroots talent and have a capacity of under 600. However, applications will be considered from venues with capacities up to 1,000 on an exceptional basis if a significant grassroots focus can be demonstrated.

Full eligibility criteria and further details are available on the Fund page: https://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2021/01/further-support-for-scottish-grassroots-music-venues


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The Scottish Music Industry Association receives Regular Funding from Creative Scotland, 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.

Creative Scotland distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.