Smithdown Social Club saved by Emergency Grassroots Music Venue Fund

Smithdown Social Club has been awarded the Emergency Grassroots Music Venue Fund from Arts Council of England. This funding will ensure Smithdown Social Club can prevent insolvency due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The fund was set up to prevent grassroots music venues from threat of closure and to cover operating costs due to decreased income since Covid-19 restrictions were put in place for the hospitality and cultural industries in March 2020.

Founding Director Paul Tsanos said, ‘This fund will allow us to plan forward a few more months and cover our costs but it will not ensure our future is secure. We are still under threat of closure if we cannot secure further funding from the Government to protect our cultural asset.’

Smithdown Social Club is a community benefit society and has been in operation since September 2018. It is rooted in the community and has been building a venue that hosts grassroots music, art, film, literature with plans to support community well-being in a variety of ways including a mental health provision for musicians.

Brenda Monahan, Managing Director, said, ‘We are grateful to have received this fund. We have been applying for all kinds of funding since restrictions began and have been
unsuccessful due to the risk associated with cultural enterprises and the spread of Covid-19. The announcement of a Cultural Recovery Fund gives us a further sign of hope that we will be able to prevail into March 2021 when it is hoped we will be able to re-open again.’

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