As COVID-19 continues to financially cripple venues, dance clubs are a number of influential rooms that have yet to receive government funding to help ease their burden.
Well-known performance/event spaces like Printworks, The Pickle Factory, Egg London, Exhibition, The Drumsheds, Depot Mayfield, Studio 338, and Oval Space have unfortunately been left off the list of venues getting help from the London law makers. Though the Culture Recovery Fund offered up £500 million in financial aid for cultural UK organizations these specific spots have received nothing.
The lack of funding has come as a shock to both the venues and nightlife entrepreneurs who’ve expressed their dismay at the lack of financial support. The Night Time Industries Association shared those sentiments with CEO Michael Kill stating, “We have been aware all along that the fund would not be able to support everyone, and will leave many businesses who have missed out on this opportunity awaiting on a perilous cliff edge, but given the significance of some of the businesses that have been left out, we are concerned with regard to eligibility and fair consideration around the types of businesses and the criteria they have been measured against.”
Dance music heavyweight Calvin Harris also voiced his opinion in a now-deleted Instagram post, echoing his frustration at the UK government’s relief approach to the struggling music industry.