Arts Council England allocates £1.5 million to support independent clubs and promoters

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  • The Supporting Grassroots Live Music project grants will give between £1000 and £40,000 to successful applicants.
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  • Arts Council England has made £1.5 million available to support independent live music venues, clubs and promoters. The Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund would provide between £1000 and £40,000 to successful applicants' three-year projects whose "main function is to host and/or promote live music events in venues... in the grassroots part of this sector." (ACE defines grassroots to be "those working with new, developing talent in small to mid-size venues.") Applicants will have to prove that they can pay for ten percent of the total project costs from other sources. Funds will not be limited to any one genre, and the following are encouraged to apply: electronic, hip-hop, indie, alternative, metal, punk, pop, rock, classical, jazz, folk and so-called world music. London venues Giant Steps' live jazz summer series, which aims to bring jazz to new audiences, and Fold's (Lab), a new collaborative cross-disciplinary arts programme, are some of the first projects to win a grant under this initiative. Manchester's Kraak Gallery and Newcastle's Cobalt Studios also count among the early successful projects. Learn more about the grant and how to apply here. Applications close on March 31st, 2020.