Lifeline for local music venues

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Stirling’s Tolbooth and Albert Halls are to receive emergency support funding from the Scottish government, to help deal with the impact of COVID-19.

The venues will be given a total of £80,000 from the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund to protect jobs and prevent closures.

The fund, which is run by Creative Scotland, is allocating a total of £4.7 million to 59 local performing arts venues across Scotland who have applied for aid.

Bruce Crawford, MSP for Stirling, said: “Our theatres and performing arts venues here in the Stirling area are an important part of Scotland’s culture.

“The creative industry has been hit hard by this pandemic with theatres effectively having to close their doors overnight.

“These steps were necessary to protest lives, but the SNP government has acted quickly to help these venues survive.”

Recipients are expected to use their support to pay workers and prepare for live events amid a culture of social distancing. 

Theatres are not expected to open until the final phase of lockdown, with capacities likely to be restricted.

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