Funding of £1.5m Announced for Small Music Venues

Music venue Cafe OTO in London

Funding of £1.5m Announced for Small Music Venues

Up to £40,000 available for pop, rock, hip-hop, folk and world music venues under new Arts Council of England scheme.

The Arts Council of England has announced a new scheme aimed at supporting small music venues and promoters. The Grassroots Live Music scheme, with an overall investment of £1.5m, seeks to address the high level of competition smaller venues face when applying to the main Project Grants stream. 

Applications are now open for applications between £1,000 to £40,000 for venues working within genres such as pop, rock, hip-hop, folk and world music.

Commenting on the announcement, CEO of the Arts Council of England Darren Henley said:

Grassroots music venues are essential both for our world-renowned music industry and communities across the country, and there needs to be a collective effort from both the public sector and music industry to support them. With this fund we’re ensuring that grassroots venues and promoters … have the support they need to create the best possible environment for artists and audiences.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020. For more information, visit

Published on 13 May 2019


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