SIX Aberdeen music venues have received over £279,000 of emergency funding in a bid to help prevent closure and support the impact of Covid-19.
Bridge Street Social Club, Café Drummonds, Krakatoa, The Blue Lamp, Tunnels and Unit 51 in Aberdeen are among 82 venues across Scotland which have received a total of £4million through the Scottish Government’s Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund delivered by Creative Scotland.
Alan Morrison, Creative Scotland head of music, said: “We’ve now been without live music for much longer than anyone could have imagined.
“Covid-19 has hit the music industry hard, and we all look forward to the day when musicians and audiences can get back together – in the same place, at the same time – to ignite the special spark of live performance.”
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:
“This is an incredibly difficult time for the live music sector and it is important that we support our grassroots music venues – which are key to our rich and diverse music scene – to survive until they can reopen.
“This fund, part of our ongoing commitment to support cultural sectors during the pandemic, aims to do that by ensuring financial support reaches a wide variety of music venues across the country.
“I thank the music sector for continuing to work with us to identify the most effective ways to help it.”