Support for grass roots music

ACE have a ring-fenced budget of £1.5 million until 31 March 2022 within National Lottery Project Grants specifically to support the grassroots music sector. 

Open Until:

Posted: 10/03/2022

All venues and promoters in England are eligible to apply for National Lottery Project Grants to support projects that help them bring live music to the public, but few do. 

As part of National Lottery Project Grants, ACE have set aside £1.5 m of funding specifically to support the organisations and people involved in the hosting and promotion of live music events in venues.

They welcome applications from those who work with all types of musical types and genres. They are keen to support projects that bring the full spectrum of contemporary popular music genres to live audiences. This includes genres like:

  • electronic (including house, electronica, drum & bass, dubstep, experimental, etc)
  • hip-hop, grime, etc
  • indie and alternative
  • metal and punk
  • pop
  • rock (including blues, modern, post-rock etc)

ACE are also keen to support projects that develop diverse approaches to music programming, incorporating for example classical, jazz, folk, and/or world music alongside contemporary pop.

The funding has been ringfenced until March 2022. 

You can apply to Project Grants: Supporting Grassroots Live Music for
between £1,000 and £40,000, for projects up to three years long. 


"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

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