Let Us Dance - Support nightclubs, dance music events and festivals

Extend funding to nightclubs, dance music events and festivals as part of the £1.57bn support package announced by the government for Britain's arts and culture sector to survive the hit from the pandemic. #LetUSDance

This petition closed on 30 Jan 2021 with 146,187 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Let Us Dance - Support nightclubs, dance music events and festivals

1. Mayor of London - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: Mayor of London  Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry: Live Music                Introduction 1

2. DHP Family - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: owned and operated music company working in live music venues, nightclubs, bars, festivals, tour promotion

3. 8th Special Report - Live Music: Government Response to the Committee's Ninth Report
23/07/2019 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: 'GTM-WPBXM6N'); Live music: Government Response to the Committee's Ninth Report - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

4. UK Music - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: Written evidence - UK Music Written evidence submitted by UK Music  UK Music is the umbrella body representing

5. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Written evidence submitted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Let Us Dance - Support nightclubs, dance music events and festivals

1. Live Events and Weddings: Covid-19 Support
09/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: e-petitions 329339 and 332789, relating to support for live events and weddings during covid-19.E-petition - Speech Link

2. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Support Measures
08/10/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: e-petition 320711, Offer more support to the arts (particularly Theatres and Music) amidst covid-19, and the - Speech Link
2: spending of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on support measures for DCMS sectors during - Speech Link
3: spending of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on support measures for DCMS sectors during - Speech Link

3. Arts, Culture and Heritage: Support Package
07/07/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the Government’s support package for our - Speech Link
2: envy of the rest of the world. Our theatres, live music venues, museums and galleries are incredibly valuable - Speech Link

4. Covid-19: Arts Sector
15/12/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking (1) to support freelance workers in the arts sector during - Speech Link
2: challenge that the current pandemic poses to our arts sector and to the many individuals, including freelances - Speech Link
3: the Covid emergency has been a catastrophe for music and other parts of the creative economy, and in - Speech Link

5. Covid-19: Support for UK Industries
25/06/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: 320711, 301903, 300210, 307959, 305024, relating to support for UK industries in response to covid-19; Second - Speech Link
2: this House has considered e-petitions relating to support for UK industries in response to covid-19.As - Speech Link

6. Cultural Attractions: Contribution to Local Economy
06/10/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: has considered the contribution of theatres, live music venues and other cultural attractions to the local - Speech Link

7. Covid-19: Museums, Galleries and Historic Buildings
21/05/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: what of future summers? A survey of 1,200 heritage sector organisations by the National Lottery Heritage - Speech Link

8. Areas with Additional Public Health Restrictions: Economic Support
06/10/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: Exchequer if he will make a statement on economic support available to individuals and businesses in areas - Speech Link
2: the most generous and comprehensive packages of support for people, businesses and public services, totalling - Speech Link
3: always.Seventeen million people—one in four of us—are living under additional covid-19 restrictions - Speech Link

9. Covid-19: Music Sector and Creative Economy
23/04/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: course, music and the wider creative industries. The Government have announced unprecedented support for - Speech Link
2: virus has had a terrible impact on the sector, because music cannot exist without audiences and human - Speech Link

10. Covid-19: Performing Arts
13/07/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide further assistance to performing arts companies - Speech Link
2: My Lords, the Government recognise how severely the cultural sector has been hit by Covid-19. On 5 - Speech Link
3: them have been unable to access current income support schemes. Further, when will funds start being distributed - Speech Link
4: particular challenge for freelancers. The package will support cultural institutions, which means the physical - Speech Link
5: of small music venues previously, I warmly commend the Government for the unprecedented package of support - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Let Us Dance - Support nightclubs, dance music events and festivals
1. Night Clubs: Coronavirus
asked by: Kerry McCarthy
13/07/2020
... whether nightclubs will be eligible for funding from the £1.57 billion arts sector support package.

2. Visual Arts: Coronavirus
asked by: Lord Clement-Jones
27/07/2020
... will include support for visual artists.

3. Performing Arts: Coronavirus
asked by: Thangam Debbonaire
25/03/2020
... events organisers and others affected by the cancellation of performances and festivals as a result of covid-19 pandemic.

4. Performing Arts: Coronavirus
asked by: Kate Osborne
21/09/2020
... how much funding has been allocated to the live comedy industry as part of his Department's coronavirus arts funding support package.

5. Events Industry: Coronavirus
asked by: Robert Halfon
11/09/2020
... what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a tailored funding support package for the events sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

Latest Questions

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The government has failed to provide specific support to UK festivals, dance venues and nightclubs. Covid-19 has hit hard on the nightlife sector having a major impact due to the suspension of mass gatherings. Followed by unclear guidelines and a lack of commitment from the government, this has contributed to growing uncertainty within the arts sector, putting at risk millions of jobs. The government must make clear its commitment to ensuring the dance community survives the pandemic. #LetUSDance


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Government Response

On 12th Oct, we announced the recipients of £257M of the £1.57B Cultural Recovery Fund package to support cultural organisations. More than 1,300 are benefitting from this vital financial boost.


On 5 July, the Government announced a major £1.57 billion support package for key cultural organisations to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. This funding is providing targeted support to organisations across a range of cultural and creative sectors. This support package will benefit cultural sector services by providing support to venues and many other cultural organisations that host live events, to stay open and continue operating.

Music venues which create, present or support genres of music including “house, electronica, drum & bass, dubstep, experimental”, as well as “hip-hop, R&B, grime, rap and jungle” are eligible for the grant.

As part of this support package, £3.36 million has been shared among 136 venues across England who applied for the Emergency Grassroot Music Venues Fund. This funding has supported grassroots venues to survive the imminent risk of collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Funded venues include Motion (Bristol); Night People (Manchester); and Village Underground (London) which are also nightclubs or venues which host club events.

On Monday 12 October, the Government announced an investment of £257 million in 1,385 venues, theatres, museums and cultural organisations, through the first tranche of Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme, (https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/Culturerecoveryfundawards) administered by the Arts Council. As part of this funding some festivals, dance venues and nightclubs received grants including Ministry of Sound and MADE Festival. Over the coming weeks further Culture Recovery Fund awards will be announced - including round two of Grants under £1 million, grants over £1 million, and the Capital Kickstart and Repayable Finance programmes.

The Chancellor has announced the Winter Economy Plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months, once the existing Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme come to end. From November, the Jobs Support Scheme will provide further support to returning workers, while the extended Self-Employed Income Support Scheme will aid the self-employed who are currently actively trading but are facing reduced demand.

We are also offering businesses who face a drop in demand for their services and possible cash flow issues generous terms for the repayment of deferred taxes and government-backed loans. We will give all businesses that borrowed under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme the option to repay their loan over a period of up to ten years. This will reduce their average monthly repayments on the loan by almost half. We also intend to allow CBILS lenders to extend the term of a loan up to ten years, providing additional flexibility for UK-based SMEs who may otherwise be unable to repay their loans.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-extends-support-to-stop-business-evictions-this-year) that businesses will be protected from the threat of eviction until the end of year, providing commercial tenants with greater security and protecting vital jobs. This extension will protect businesses that are struggling to pay their rent due to the impact of COVID-19 from being evicted and help the thousands of people working in these sectors feel more secure about their jobs. The government will also extend the restriction on landlords using Commercial Rents Arrears Recovery to enforce unpaid rent on commercial leases, until the end of the year.

DCMS appreciates the important contribution that nightclubs, dance music events and festivals provide to the UK’s cultural economy, and that the Covid-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge to many businesses operating in these sectors.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


MPs spoken contributions during 9 Nov 2020 petition debate