Funding support awarded to four live music venues

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City of York Council has provided funding to four live music venues, as part of a pot of £90,000 from the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant to support events, activities and festivals.

The Crescent, Fulford Arms, Victoria Vaults and the National Centre for Early Music will all benefit from the grants, which will support venues to meet ongoing costs while there is a shortfall in income, and to reopen and re-engage with audiences.

Music venues have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. While venues have been receiving grant funds through the Arts Council, support is now diminishing.

Venues are facing a very difficult financial period and are reliant on the live music industry to return to previous touring patterns and levels over the coming year.

To ensure music venues can survive, City of York Council has allocated the funding to meet ongoing costs.

Councillor Darryl Smalley, executive member for culture, leisure and communities, City of York Council, said: York’s live music scene is a crucial and vibrant part of the city’s cultural offer.

“We recognise the ongoing challenges venues are facing as we ease out of the national restrictions and people get used to a new normal

“We are committed to working with the sector to provide all possible support, including promoting the great experiences on our doorstep thanks to the many brilliant live music venues across our city.”

Dr Delma Tomlin, NCEM director, added: “We are delighted to receive this generous grant from the City of York Council.

“Financial help from the ARG Fund ensures we can stage the annual York Early Music Christmas Festival, a week of music celebration featuring a line-up of world class performers.

“The festival is hugely popular with residents and attracts visitors from all over the UK, who make it part of their Christmas calendar.

“It’s wonderful to see the city coming back to life and we’re very proud to be able to be part of its fabulous programme of events celebrating the festive season. We can’t wait to welcome audiences back to our beautiful home of St Margaret’s Church.”