Historic places including London Troubadour and Liverpool Jacaranda as well as Manchester’s Gorilla among those given emergency subsidies

At-risk English music venues have become the first recipients of the £1.57bn government culture recovery fund. Historic sites including the London Troubadour and the Liverpool Jacaranda are among the 135 venues to benefit from the emergency grassroots venues fund announced by culture secretary Oliver Dowden last month.

The fund was increased from a planned £2.25m to £3.36m. Four companies received the maximum grant of £80,000, including London’s Stony Valley Ltd, owned by celebrity nightclub proprietor Howard Spooner. Manchester venues Gorilla and the Deaf Institute, both recently saved from entering administration by venue operator Tokyo Industries, received £31,000 and £15,000 respectively.

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