Music Venue Trust donates £230,000 to 24 struggling UK venues

The pandemic has been devastating for all venues, but especially smaller grassroots ones.

The Music Venue Trust has distributed £230,000 in funding to 24 of the UK’s worst-hit grassroots music venues, on top of donations already made.

The trust, which has continued to work to protect and preserve live music in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic, launched a campaign to save 30 UK venues that were still in danger of being lost forever in the wake of coronavirus restrictions.

The MVT has already helped secure the future of 400 UK grassroots venues until March 31, 2021. The 24 venues on the receiving end of the latest £230,000 have been “unable to access sufficient funding” and “added to a ‘red list’ of venues in imminent danger of permanent closure”.


Mark Davyd, CEO of the Music Venue Trust, said that it felt it “needed to make a direct intervention” to provide relief for the 24 venues in question, while also highlighting the support they’ve already received from “audiences, artists, individual donors, companies who have made financial contributions and from the wider music sector”.

“It has been truly overwhelming and humbling to see how much grassroots music venues matter to so many people. We particularly want to thank our friends in the media for continuing to shine a spotlight on the plight of grassroots music venues.”

You can find out more about the MVT’s efforts to keep live music alive in the UK here.

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