Charlie Davis applauds Government rescue of grass roots music venue in Deptford & New Cross

·135 grassroots music venues have been saved by emergency funding as part of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund including The Amersham Arms, Sister Midnight Records, Venue M.O.T Unit 18, and the Matchstick Piehouse.

·The Government is making available an immediate rescue package worth £3.36 million as grassroots music venues are the first recipients from the massive Culture Recovery Fund

·Venues receiving funds include The Troubadour in London, where Adele and Ed Sheeran performed in the early days of their career, as well as The Jacaranda in Liverpool where The Beatles played their first gig

·Government encourages public to be Here for Culture and support local cultural organisations as covid secure performances restart and museums and galleries reopen


The Government has announced a £3.36million fund, to save grass roots music venue at immediate risk of closure. Including £132,959.00 to help The Amersham Arms, Sister Midnight Records, Venue M.O.T Unit 18, and the Matchstick Piehouse in Deptford and New Cross.


The fund is providing vital support to 135 music venues, which otherwise would face collapse due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


Accelerated funding is being provided to cover on-going running costs incurred during closure, including rent and utilities, so that some of the country’s most treasured venues can survive.


This support is on top of the £500 million in grants being delivered to cultural organisation by Arts Council England, who are still accepting applications until 4 September.  All this funding forms part of an unprecedented £1.57bn rescue package for culture and heritage from the Government to see these sectors through the coronavirus pandemic.


Indoor performances can now restart with socially distanced audiences so music venues are now able to reopen safely, alongside other culture venues and heritage sites.  Ministers and Charlie are encouraging everyone to visit reopened venues and support cultural organisations starting to put performances back on.


Charlie welcomed the announcement:

I welcome the fantastic support being given to support the local music scene in Deptford and New Cross which shows that this Government is understands and is ready to support culture”. 

“Grassroots venues like The Amersham Arms, Sister Midnight Records, Venue M.O.T Unit 18, and the Matchstick Piehouse are the engine room of the hugely successful British music scene. Providing aspiring musicians with an important source of income and honing the craft of the great musical talents of the tomorrow. Local music venues like these are being saved by the Government because it is so vital to our vibrant music industry, as well as being a local treasure".


Commenting, the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden said:

“This Government is here for culture and these grants today show we are determined to help our exceptional music industry weather the covid storm and come back stronger.

“Grassroots music venues are where the magic starts and these emergency grants from our £1.57bn fund will ensure these music venues survive to create the Adeles and Ed Sheerans of the future.

“I encourage music fans to help too by supporting music and cultural events as they start to get going again.  We need a collective effort to help the things we love through covid.”

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