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Mayor’s grants to London venues

1 October 2020

THE MAYOR of London has given grants totaling £178,446 direct to 14 London venues, taken from the £450,000 of grassroots venues funding announced in May (see LIVE UK news) as earmarked for the Music Venue Trust (MVT).

These are the first of 141 grassroots venues in the capital identified for aid from Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Culture at Risk Business Support Fund. 

The first recipients include Ain’t Nothin’ but Blues Bar (cap. 100, given £15,000), Camden Assembly (470, £8,100), The George Tavern (150, £17,968), Music Room (400, £5,536), Omeara (320, £20,000), Phoenix Arts Club (250, £15,000), Phonox (200, £10,000), Piano Works (West End) (400, £19,790), The Victoria – Dalston (200, £15,000) and XOYO (800, £19,000).

Two venues, Phonox and XOYO, received grants both from this fund and the Emergency Grassroots Venues Fund announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in August, £10,000 and £1,000 respectively.

The announcement says the funding will help cover rent and staff costs, as well as one-to-one support from MVT to assist with lease, council rates and other issues.

A spokesperson for the mayor’s office confirmed that the full amount of funding went directly to venue costs, rather than MVT, as originally announced. 

She did not provide a list of the 141 London venues eligible for the scheme but said they were members of MVT’s Music Venues Alliance.  MVT repeatedly declines to respond when asked for further details by LIVE UK.

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