Announcing the fund via a Tweet, Khan said: “London’s world-leading music venues have been devastated by the impact of COVID-19. That’s why I’m giving £450,000 to support 141 grassroots venues across our city, tailored to their unique needs, such as rent disputes, local council discussions, or direct financial aid.”
On the Mayor of London’s website, a statement revealed that so far, £178,000 had been directly awarded to 14 grassroots music venues across 10 London boroughs, helping some of the venues who have been hardest hit by the impact of Covid-19 with support towards rent relief, staff and invoice costs. Further City Hall funding is set to be given to venues in the coming months, and the fund has allowed grassroots venues to access £2.3m of further funding for through local authorities.
“London’s music scene is the envy of the world and integral to our economy at night, but it has been devastated by the impact of Covid-19,” Khan added at the end of the statement. “I am pleased that we have been able to support music venues with essential advice and support to stay in business, and provide funding for those most in need to cover rent and other ongoing expenses at this challenging time. We will continue to do all we can to help, including pushing Government to protect jobs and provide the clear guidance that is required so they can plan for their future in our capital.”
You can read more about the fund here.