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Supporting Grassroots Music

Gemma Colley

Supporting Grassroots Music

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Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants is our funding programme for arts, museums and libraries projects.

Supporting Grassroots Music

The Grassroots Music Sector – rehearsal and recording studios, promoters, festivals, and venues for live and electronic music performance – are vital to the music ecosystem: the people and places that support musicians to hone
their craft, test new approaches, develop audiences, and gain crucial experience of live responses to their work. Sometimes described as the ‘R&D centres of the music industry, they are key to developing the talent pipeline.

When the grassroots music sector is threatened, so is the future health of the UK’s music industry; a shrinking talent pipeline will lead to a diminishing industry.

Funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as part of £8.5m boost to the music industry announced in June 2023 in the UK Government’s Creative Industries Sector Vision, £4 million has been allocated specifically to support rehearsal and recording studios, promoters, festivals, and venues for live and electronic music performance such as grassroots music venues and club sector organisations to apply for support for projects that help them:

• bring live and electronic music to the public;
• and support the development of talent.

Who can apply?

This funding is available to rehearsal and recording studios, festivals, promoters, and venues for live and electronic music performance working at the grassroots of the music industry.

We welcome applications from those who work in all styles of music and genres including jazz, folk, diasporic or ‘world’ (for example South Asian, Latin American or African), classical and contemporary popular genres such as, but
not limited to:

• electronic (including house, electronica, drum & bass, amapiano,
garage, techno, experimental)
• hip-hop and grime
• rap and drill
• R&B and soul
• afrobeats, dancehall, reggaeton
• indie and alternative
• metal and punk
• pop

This isn’t an exhaustive list. Your programme might fit into one or more of these genres, or you (and your audiences and wider community) might use different ways to describe the styles and genres you work with. All are welcome through Supporting Grassroots Music.

To find out more information and how to apply, visit: Supporting Grassroots Music and Project Grants.pdf (

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