Arts Council England will support Independent Venue Week, alongside CAN YOU CIC IT, for a sixth year with £99,364 of National Lottery Project Grant Funding.
Independent Venue Week, next taking place 27 January – 2 February 2020, is an annual week-long celebration of grassroots venues across the UK, where bands and artists learn, grow and perform to audiences year-round. The week highlights a lineup of shows and encourages music fans to attend and support.
This helps Arts Council England's goal of supporting grass roots music venues, with additional funds reserved for that purpose from the National Lottery's Supporting Grassroots Live Music Fund.
Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Independent Venue Week provides an important opportunity for those who want a career in music to get involved at a grassroots level, as well as celebrating venues that provide a vital place for communities to engage with arts locally. We’re proud to be supporting CAN YOU CIC IT once again as it has enabled a steady increase in the breadth of genres performed across the country, engaging different audiences and providing opportunities for people across the UK to experience live music”.
Sybil Bell, Founder of Independent Venue Week CAN YOU CIC IT said:
"We're over the moon that Arts Council England is, for a 6th year running, supporting Independent Venue Week. This enables us to work alongside all of our partners to deliver live shows as well as our new training and education program which we will be announcing later this year. This support means a huge amount to us and everyone that is part of the IVW family all across the country from major city centres to tiny villages and everyone in between. The grant means we can work together with a huge number of people at a local level to create and enjoy another positive, outstanding week of events celebrating venues around the UK - we're so, so grateful."
Indepedent Venue Week 2020 official launch shows will take place on 14 November. Visit their website for more information.
Hummah at Brixton Windmill, Independent Venue Week 2019. / Image: Janine Vanoostrom