October 14, 2020

Cultural Recovery Fund


The Cheese & Grain’s application to the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund has been successful and the venue’s immediate future is looking a lot brighter. Work will now start on securing the return of live music to the venue for the first time since last March with shows planned from November.
The Recovery grant will part-subsidize otherwise uneconomic “COVID-Secure” and “safe-distanced” seated (cabaret-style) performances with limited capacity over the winter and through to the end of March. Tickets and full line up for a selection of these great shows coming to Frome will soon be announced and on sale.
Cheese and Grain Director Steve Macarthur says “The venue is on its way back” and people should check www.cheeseandgrain.com over the coming days for sit down performances this winter, but also to look at our back to normal full programme of live music, comedy, talks and markets for springtime onwards.
The Cheese and Grain has announced 21 additional new gigs for 2021 in the past few weeks. Steve notes that the Cheese and Grain warmly thanks Arts Council England for this support and for the advice and guidance from the
Music Venue Trust.
The grant only represents about 20% of the income the venue would normally see in a six month period. As such the venue will still hope for the continuation of the incredible support shown by it’s loyal customers by holding onto tickets for rescheduled shows, buying tickets for next year’s exciting live schedule and joining the venue’s Friends Scheme.
The venue’s popular café will be re-opening from the end October, alongside the return of regular box office opening hours. With the venue hoping the return of live music and café will be shortly followed by the much-anticipated return of markets before the end of 2020. To find out more visit www.cheeseandgrain.com