LATE on Sunday evening, it was confirmed the government unveiled a £1.57bn support package to help protect the futures of UK theatres, galleries, museums and other cultural venues. Independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues will also be eligible.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said new grants and loans aim to preserve “crown jewels” in the UK’s art sector as well as local venues.

It follows several weeks of pressure, with industry leaders warning that many venues were on the brink of collapse.

Check out the Music Venue Trust statement below:

Mr Dowden said institutions applying for the new grants and loans through industry bodies would have to prove how they contribute to wider economic growth.

Last week the Let The Music Play social media campaign aimed to shine a light on the incredible live music industry and is said to have been a success following last night’s announcement.