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A statement from AIF CEO John Rostron on the recently announced Supporting Grassroots Music Fund



"We welcome the move by DCMS and Arts Council England to create this new Supporting Grassroots Music Fund that recognises the importance of independent festivals and offers financial support to applicants of up to £40,000.

"It remains a challenging time for independent festivals. 1 in 6 festivals did not make it through the pandemic. A further 36 cancelled in 2023. High supply chain costs and a cost of living crisis continue to put pressure on independent festival operators. This support is very much welcomed by all of our AIF member festivals in England in order to advance their events."
 
"We want to thank DCMS and ACE for open and regular engagement with us about the independent festival sector. We look forward to supporting our members with applications and monitoring the success of this new scheme."

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