By TARYN SIEGEL Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — More than 400 grassroots music venues in Britain are at imminent risk of closure because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The government announced this week that indoor and socially-distanced live music could resume on Saturday. But this doesn’t mean that the live music scene will be immediately restored.
Officials have pledged 2.25 million pounds ($2.66 million) in aid to grassroots venues, but that will only help the worst-hit 150 venues get by through the end of September. Some fear it will rescue the country’s largest halls and opera houses but the grassroots music scene that has given birth to some of Britain’s greatest musical exports will face ruin.