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:
We’d like to say thank you to all of the thousands of you that have been supporting us and your local grassroots music venue for the last 121 days. There is still a great deal to be done, but pretty soon we hope to post a tweet and it will say one thing:
Saved Our Venues pic.twitter.com/RljDiLjf03
— Music Venue Trust (@musicvenuetrust) July 5, 2020
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.
📢 TTV stand with the music industry in support of #LetTheMusicPlay – urging the UK Government to support the music industry in crisis.
— TENEMENT TV (@tenementtv) July 2, 2020