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Sound City receives £75k lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Grant will give vital support to Sound City’s non-profit artist, executive and business development work

Liverpool, 12th October 2020 Sound City (Liverpool) Ltd has been awarded £75,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.

Sound City is a UK leader in the training and development of music business and artist talent through a range of non-profit programmes covering the North West of England and the UK more broadly.

This includes the emerging talent programme at Sound City festival (which is the UK’s lead festival for Keychange and, since 2008, has showcased and given over 4,000 emerging artists their first festival performances, including Catfish The Bottlemen, Stormzy, Florence And The Machine, Christine & the Queens); the Sound City + conference (which has brought in over £50 million for companies and individuals taking part in its initiatives); export events in Korea and China to help artists reach new international audiences; and Sound City and Off The Record Launch training, which have to date supported over 500 young people in starting music industry careers and their own companies.

The awarded grant will be vital in ensuring that these initiatives can continue to run during the coronavirus pandemic and that Sound City can continue to support young artists, executives and businesses that will go on to shape the future of the music industry.

Sound City is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Sound City MD Becky Ayres said: “We are very grateful for the vital support we will receive from Arts Council England, DCMS and HM Treasury. It will help us to continue to support thousands of artists and industry professionals now and into the future. This is a lifeline for us and many others in the industry. We are acutely aware that there are many who did not receive funding today. We remain committed to supporting the music industry as much as we can through these tough times and beyond.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery.

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”


About Arts Council England 

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at

Sound City

Sound City-owned events include Liverpool Sound City festival and conference, Dubai Sound City, New York Sound City and Sound City Digital, Sound City Korea, Gateway To The Asian Music Markets, Off The Record, and Sound City Satellite.