Music venues in Glasgow have called on the UK Government to supply them with a £50 million support package amid financial concerns sparked by the coronavirus crisis. 

The twelve city venues are among 560 across the UK to sign the open letter, following Music Venue Trust's statement that warned up to 90 per cent of grasroots music venues could be lost if the funding is not put in place. 

Grassroot members are calling on an immediate package of £50 million to support its venues and are calling for a reduction of VAT on future ticket sales. 

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Audio Glasgow, Drygate, The Flying Duck, Glad Cafe, Hug and Pint, King Tut's, Mono, The Old Hairdressers, Slay Glasgow, The Sound Archive and Stereo were among the city venues calling for support. 

The open letter reads: “Last year there were more than 175,000 events in our venues that gave people the experiences they love and the artists the opportunities they need.

"Since 20 March there have been no events.

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"This is because our sector has complied with the Public Health guidance. We did the right thing. We closed to protect our communities. We engaged with the government task force and we explored every option available to reopen safely and bring live music back.

"We understand that in order to protect the public, it should not be done until the health guidance changes and we also know that trying to do it is economic folly which would be financially ruinous; not just for us but for our entire sector.”