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24 September, 2020 | Local

A GREENOCK live music venue has received £31,000 in emergency funding from the Scottish Government.

McGeoch’s Music Bar in Dalrymple Street is one of 72 locations around Scotland awarded money under the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund, through Creative Scotland.

The £2.2million fund is aimed at providing venues with emergency support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and prevent closure.

Alan Morrison, head of music at Creative Scotland, said: “Live music has been hit particularly hard by Covid-19, and Creative Scotland is only too aware of the severity of that impact.

“These awards, to 72 venues across Scotland, will help bring short-term stability to the grassroots music sector and alleviate some of the challenges that the ongoing pandemic has presented.

“Music is such a significant part of Scotland’s cultural life and it is here, at grassroots level, that talented musicians create new material connecting with audiences young and old.

“We look forward to the day when we’ll all be back together, cheering on artists face to face but, until then, this fund will provide a lifeline to one of the most vibrant scenes that Scotland has to offer.”

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