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Music venues, festivals and promoters are among 88 arts and cultural organisations to receive a share of more than GBP76 million in the second tranche of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund grants.

Successful venue applicants include London’s historic Troubadour (GBP647,172), Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club (GBP246,397), The Dec Camden (GBP197,385) and The Jazz Cafe (GBP55,000), Manchester’s Night & Day Cafe (GBP64,745), 78 Sackville Street (GBP85,000) and Yes (GBP489,482), Coventry Kasbah (GBP180,838), Bath Forum (GBP242,775), Liverpool’s Camp & Furnace (GBP729,491) and Birmingham club Sundissential (223,822).

Festivals to receive funding include Oxfordshire’s Truck Festival (GBP219,232), Leeds’ Mint Festival (GBP100,000) and
Cocoon In The Park (GBP100,000), Solfest (GBP100,000) in Cumbria, Shangri-La Glastonbury (GBP61,059), Gilbert And Sullivan Festivals (GBP120,000), Birmingham Jazz Festival (GBP50,540)  and Cambridge’s Strawberries & Creem Festival (GBP150,000). Music platform and curator Boiler Room, meanwhile, was awarded GBP791,652.

These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country

Oliver Dowden, culture secretary

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to bounce back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time.

Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations.

“These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.” 

The funding builds on the GBP257m awarded to 1,300 groups in Monday’s first round by Arts Council England, which is distributing funding on behalf of DCMS, and takes the total to GBP333m this week from the GBP1.57 billion fund.

Music-specific groups received a cumulative total of GBP19.3m, compared to GBP68.7m in the first tranche.

Other recipients included promoters The Gig Cartel (GBP118,806), Lock N Load Events (GBP249,791) Wiltshire’s Brave Promotions (GBP77,692) and Teesside’s Ten Feet Tall (GBP80,000), suppliers Ooosh Tours (GBP58,695) and Siyan (GBP230,000), the Military Wives Choir (GBP92,057), development platform ILuvLive (GBP64,416), Universal Artists Agency (GBP70,708), Birmingham Music Awards (GBP60,158), Decade Management (GBP69,703)

Berkshire Maestros (GBP783,746), Boardwalk Leisure (GBP324,798), Kings Place Music Foundation (GBP562,000), NTS Live (GBP223,260), Mahogany (GBP178,000), Zoe Records (GBP51,128), Hudson Records (GBP90,000) and Jazz:Refreshed (GBP83,684), Music In Hospitals & Care (GBP248,570) and Bush Studios (GBP60,000).

There was also a GBP50,000 grant for the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT), a not-for-profit company formed in 2019 to promote face value resale and better resale practices.

FEAT director Sam Shemtob said: “As a cultural non-profit organisation, we are deeply grateful to receive this grant, which will ensure that FEAT can sustainably continue its work protecting the live performance business and fans from exploitative ticket touting.

This is particularly important now, while the business is trying to get back on its feet with social distancing restrictions limiting ticket supply; and not least as regulation is being debated across Europe.” 

Further details of grant awards of up to GBP3m and GBP270m in repayable cultural finance will follow in the coming days and weeks. 

PHOTO: Giles Smith

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