Historic Liverpool music venue The Jacaranda is one of the Liverpool venues to recieve a grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Music venues in the city that were at risk of permenant closure have been the first to receive part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which was was increased from a planned £2.25m to £3.36m last week.

The rescue package will provide music venues, independent cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres and heritage sites with emergency grants and loans to ensure their survival for as long as the global pandemic continues.

The Liverpool venues receiving grants from the Culture Recovery Fund are:

Arts Bar LTD North 8,500 

Camp and Furnace North 79,604

District 61 Jordan Street Limited North 3,000 

Jimmy’s Liverpool LPL Limited North 30,000

Liverpool Olympia Eventim North 73,900

Meraki Liverpool North 13,211 

Phase One Liverpool North 24,000

Smithdown Social North 20,000 

The Caledonia Individual Sole Trader North 11,010

The Jacaranda Redwood Bars North 20,489

Public spaces, such as bars and restaurants and art galleries are allowed to operate provided that rules regarding social distancing and hygiene are maintained. However, live events and festivals are the most severely impacted by COVID-19, which has caused a global shutdown in the music and cultural industry. The majority of gigs and festivals have been permanently cancelled or postponed for 2020, with no certain date to start up again.

The government’s decision to invest into the UK’s cultural, arts and heritage institutions will be welcomed by thousands across the country, after many groups within the industry have come together to fight for government intervention over recent months. This includes the Music Venue Trust’s call on the government to provide £50million in emergency funding to protect venues until October, supported by 500 UK music venues.

More recently, over 1,500 artists came together to call on the government to prevent “catastrophic damage” to live music performances, as part of the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign. The hashtag was shared by thousands of fans and artist worldwide, including Stereophonics, Iron Maiden, Sam Fender and Liverpool’s Red Rum Club. 

For more information about the Culture Recovery Fund visit https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/