Here at See Tickets, we are thrilled to learn that the first wave of funding from the UK Government's Culture Recovery Fund has been received by a number of venues, festivals and music promoters across the UK.
In the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund Scheme, applications of £1m and under have been received and distributed. A total of £68.7 million being granted so far, to 393 music-specific organisations. More than 1,300 arts and cultural organisations have received funding to date.
Organisations receiving funding include some of our friends in the industry, such as Ministry of Sound, Bush Hall, Brudenell Social Club, Crosstown Concerts, Manchester's Gorilla & Deaf Institute, The Village Underground, Sound City, Futuresound Events, Mckeown Events, Slam Dunk Festival, Mission Mars, NASS Festival and Sheffield's The Leadmill.
Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd said of the work of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, and Arts Council England:
"We want to recognise the efforts of the government, particularly the Secretary of State and the Chancellor, to understand what was required by grassroots music venues, develop a solution, and make it happen.
"MVT, through the hard work, passion and dedication of our regional coordinators, has worked closely with our grassroots music venue community to ensure a clear and coordinated approach to this crisis. We are proud of the resilience, strength and solidarity shown by everyone involved.
"This intervention today helps enormously, giving MVT our sector and our communities, an achievable opportunity to complete the English section of the jigsaw. We keenly await results from funding applications in Wales, and of round two of this fund. Our work with the governments of Scotland and Northern Ireland will continue to seek further support for venues there. Our immediate focus now will be to work with every venue that was ineligible for funding, and any venue that was unsuccessful in their application to this fund, to ensure that at the end of this crisis communities right across the country have a thriving and healthy live music scene to return to."
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