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The UK’s Music Venue Trust continues its work to help independent venues stay open amid continuing economic headwinds (well, chaos) in the country. The Trust’s latest fund is the Pipeline Investment Fund, which will provide grants of up to £5k ($5.6k) to venues for specific areas of work.

First, these grants will support ‘small scale capital applications’ for things like lights, sound, access, ventilation and minor building alterations, and second, they will support staff and training initiatives. The Trust hopes that the fund, which draws its money from its recent ‘Revive Live’ concerts and fundraising, can be used by venues who don’t qualify for other available funding.

The news comes shortly after Arts Council England revealed it will be ending its ‘Supporting Grassroots Live Music’ grant scheme next March. MVT boss Mark Davyd has called for a u-turn on that decision, as he also has for the upcoming reduction in funding for the PRS Foundation. “This is the wrong time to take money out of the grassroots ecosystem, whether that’s for venues, for artists, or for touring,” he said.

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Stuart Dredge

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