LONDON VENUE Paper Dress Vintage (PDV) is the latest recipient of funding from Arts Council England’s £1.5 million ring-fenced fund for grassroots venues.
The vintage boutique and 100-capacity bar, which newly opened in 2015, has been awarded £36,000 to invest into a new D&B PA, a lighting rig and facilities.
“Grassroots music venues have been crying out for this type of investment for years and we’re very grateful that Arts Council England recognised the cultural importance of these venues and created a fund specifically to address those needs,” says founder Steve Dix.
“At Paper Dress Vintage we’re very lucky to be surrounded by so many creative people in Hackney, not to mention all the emerging artistes who travel from all over the world to play on our little stage.”
Though the exact amount awarded to PDV has not been revealed, The Supporting Grassroots Live Music Fund is open for bids between £1,000 and £40,000.
Venues can bid for sound and/or lighting, infrastructure (such as disabled access, backstage facilities) and a broad heading of resilience, with the provision that the money will be spent in full by 31 March 2020.
Music Venues Trust is providing venues with guidance for applications.
The Macbeth in Hoxton was the first venue to receive a grant, winning £15,000 to support and develop the venue’s cultural programme.
Among the artistes that have performed at PDV are Fat White Family, Public Service Broadcasting andThe Noisettes.