Milton Keynes Council has awarded financial grants to two local music venues as they try to survive the covid pandemic.

Grants totalling £25,000 have been awarded by the council to live music venues MK11 in Kiln Farm and Unit NINE in Wolverton, after both venues were unable to secure funding through previous government schemes.

The two venues have now been awarded money and with it a vital lifeline through an exceptional grants award given from the council. Businesses applying under this category must demonstrate that they are of strategic value to the council and the local economy.

MK11 and UNIT NINE are among the city’s most iconic grassroots music venues, with both venues supporting emerging local artists – often giving them their first gig so they can develop their careers.

Leader of MK Council, Cllr Pete Marland said, “The pandemic has left the cultural sector on the brink with many premises facing the possibility of never being able open their doors again. These two organisations make a considerable impact to our cultural economy, and importantly give hardworking artists a chance to fulfil their potential.

“We hope this financial support helps them continue developing performers as well as keeping our cultural scene alive and kicking.”