Information To Businesses

UK Music has collected information from Government and funding bodies for businesses affected by coronavirus.

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General support schemes for businesses are the same across the UK and are set out below. However, additional support may be available at a devolved and local level. You must be based in the devolved nation to be eligible for devolved support packages. This webpage is not legal advice.


Certain businesses in England are eligible for a two-thirds reduction in Business Rates for the rest of the 2021/22 financial year. Your Local Authority will contact you if you are eligible. Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Businesses (including live music venues) will be eligible for a 50% Business Rate discount for 2022/23.

In response to the omicron variant you may be eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant – £6,000 per premises for each eligible firm, your Local Authority will contact you if you are eligible.

If they do not, you may also be eligible for the £102 million in discretionary grants that have been allocated to Local Authorities to distribute to affected businesses, you should contact your local authority to apply.

The Culture Recovery Fund has been extended by £60 million, this now open for Permission to Apply applications until 18th January for amounts of £25,000 and £3 million here.

Additional support has been announced for freelancers that can be accessed here.

You can find the latest Government announcement on support here.

National Lottery Project Grants are available year round to those who engage the public in arts and culture in England, you can find out how to apply here.

You can find information about other financial support available here.


In response to omicron a range of support are now available in Wales. Retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism business who pay Non-Domestic Rates will be entitled to a payment of £2,000, £4,000 or £6,000 depending on their rateable value. Businesses will need to re-register their details with your Local Authority, registration for this will open in the week commencing 10th January.

If you are not a rate payer you can still apply for a one off grant from discretionary funds that will provide grants of up to £500 to sole traders and freelancers and £2,000 to impacted businesses, this will be operated by Local Authorities

Eligible businesses (including supply chain businesses) can also apply to the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) that can allocate grants of between £2,500 – £25,000, this will open week commencing 17th January.

Find the full announcement here.

The Culture Recovery Fund Round 3 has now opened for businesses affected by level 2 restrictions with grant funding of up to £100,000, to support arts organisations here. Previous succesful commercial applicants to the Welsh Government’s CRF who were music venues or supply chain businesses should receive a letter informing them how to apply for further funding.

Further grant information can be found at the Arts Council Wales here and Business Wales here.

Business Rate Relief

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure businesses in Wales will be eligible for 100% Business Rate Relief in 2021/22 (here).



In Scotland in response to omicron, £375 million has been allocated for eligible hospitality businesses. We are awaiting information on how this will be allocated.

£65 million has been made available for the culture sector.

This includes:

  1. £31.5 million for cultural businesses, organisations, venues and independent cinema support and grassroots venues.
  2. £2 million for National Performing Companies (for Christmas losses and touring fund re-purposing).
  3. £19.8 million, including £2.8 million towards the wider events supply chain to be administered by EventScotland.
  4. £10 million for freelancers.

If you are in Scotland and are a freelancers in the arts, creative or screen sector and are facing financial hardship due to cancellations or deferrals of events between 27th November 2021 – 31st March 2022 due to COVID-19 you can apply to the COVID-19 Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers, this provides grants of £500 – £2,000, here.

You can find the Scottish Government statements on support here and here.

Business Rate Relief

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Businesses in Scotland are eligible for a 100% Business Rate discount for 2021/22.

For more information on how to apply for the Business Rate relief and grant schemes in Scotland, please see the Scottish Government website here.

Creative Scotland Open Fund for Organisations 
If you are looking at new ways of working or sustaining your business Creative Scotland may be able to help through the Open Fund for Organisations. This is not an emergency support fund but intended to support innovation in the Scottish creative sector through the pandemic, more details can be found here.

Scottish businesses should contact the Scottish Government Business helpline on 0300 303 0660. The helpline will be open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. Find out more here.

Northern Ireland

In response to the omicron variant grants have been announced for “hospitality businesses”

  • £10,000 for businesses with a rateable value up to £15,000
  • £15,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,001 to £51,000
  • £20,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £51,000.

Full information on the announcement here.

Many businesses in Northern Ireland, including music venues are eligible for 100% Business Rate Relief for 2021/22 here.

You can find general guidance on re-opening the arts here.

Northern Ireland has received £33 million for the arts (here).

Updates will be posted on the Northern Ireland Executive website here.