23 Grassroots Music Venues have received grants from the charity Music Venue Trust (MVT), as part of a fourth round of recipients for its major new funding initiative which provides grants of up to £5,000 for UK Grassroots Music Venues.

The Pipeline Investment Fund, established in 2022, is primarily funded by ticket sales of MVT’s recent ‘Revive Live’ programme of gigs around the UK, a hugely successful partnership with The National Lottery. To date £165,000 worth of grants have been awarded to 38 Grassroots Music Venues since December. This fourth round of payments sees a total sum of £97,516.97 awarded to a further 23 GMVs across the country.

Small scale grant applications (up to £5,000) were invited from UK based Grassroots Music Venues to support two key areas of work:

● Small scale capital projects; including lights, sound, access, ventilation and minor building alterations

● Staff Training; workforce diversification, succession planning, skills development and strengthening local community ties.

The grants were awarded for a range of requirements including sound and lighting equipment, staff training, soundproofing, air conditioning, repairs and venue improvements, accessibility and seating
The full list of new recipient venues are:

The Underground Bradford Mixture of mixing desk, backline and production equipment
The Rose Hill Brighton Staff training
The Six Six Bar Cambridge Sound proofing
Fuel Rock Club Cardiff Air conditioning
CWRW Carmarthen Soundproofing, new production and backline equipment
The Lighthouse Deal, Kent Variety of sound equipment including a new sound desk
Docks Academy Grimsby Variety of production equipment
The Holroyd Guildford Backline, lighting, DJ Mixer and new mics to improve production in venue
The Old Abbey Taphouse Hulme, Manchester Urgent repairs and improvement
The Smokehouse Ipswich New sound desk
2 Funky Music Cafe Leicester Purchase of a new sound desk to replace a 7 year old analogue desk
Melodic Bar Liverpool Staging, training and seating
Loki London (Brixton) Purchase of speakers as part of a larger project to buy a new sound system for venue
The Dublin Castle London (Camden) Venue maintenance
Rebellion Manchester New lighting for production and training for staff
The Middlesbrough Empire Middlesbrough Lighting & production equipment
The Lubber Fiend Newcastle Upon Tyne Improve stage equipment
Little Buildings Newcastle Upon Tyne New sound desk to enable recording of live shows
Escape Venue Northampton Safe flooring
Rocknrollas Paisley To build an accessible ramp into the premises to increase accessibility
Chinnerys Southend on Sea Various production improvements
Ku Stockton Stockton Purchase of new monitors to replace 20 year old system
The Crescent Community Venue York New seating

Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust said: “This fourth round of the Pipeline Investment Fund once again demonstrates how much difference small amounts of money, wisely invested, can make for Grassroots Music Venues. With grassroots music venues facing extraordinary challenges right now, Music Venue Trust is determined to keep pressing the music industry and government to support this fund and ensure music communities right across the country can continue to access the very best in live music.”