More than 90 organisations and venues within Glasgow have been awarded a share of a £4m fund to help with the effects of Covid-19. 

Venues and groups such as Barras Arts and Design, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow Royal Concert Halls/Fruitmarket and City Halls, Kelvingrove Bandstand and Tron Threatre have been granted a share of the £4,152,618 pot. 

Theatres venues such as the Pavilion Theatre was also included, with the city centre-based theatre given £350,000 to offset the negative impact of the pandemic. 

Nightclubs across Glasgow, including The Garage, The Sanctuary and The Buff Club were also awarded funding.

The live events industry was given a boost this week after Nicola Sturgeon announced the removal of social distancing rules from Monday, August 9, meaning that many venues are now able to reopen after closing for nearly a year and a half.

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The funding comes from the Scottish Government and is distributed through Creative Scotland. 

Jenny Gilruth, Culture Minister, said: “I am delighted that this vital funding is reaching the culture sector, which has endured some of the most challenging restrictions over the past 18 months. It’s exciting that the sector can now plan for full reopening. The communal experience of being part of an audience cannot be replicated, and it has been sorely missed since the start of the pandemic.

“The move beyond level 0 will allow the sector to reopen fully, but I know that it will take some time to rebuild. This funding will play a key role in stabilising many venues and businesses as the sector begins to recover.

“The Scottish Government has provided almost £175million of emergency support to the culture, heritage and events sector since the start of the pandemic, and I look forward now to working with the sectors to build for the future.”

Joan Parr, Interim Director of Arts and Engagement, said: “Our first priority continues to be supporting the recovery and renewal of Scotland’s art and creative sector as Covid-19 restrictions are eased and the sector can open up again more fully.

“Nevertheless, we remain acutely aware of the critical challenges faced by so many cultural organisations, and we know how vital this funding is in continuing to help protect jobs and support the sustainability of a sector that has felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic so significantly."