The Music Venue Trust has revealed that their #SaveOurVenues campaign that launched in April has raised over £3.8million so far.
Back in April Music Venue Trust launched the #SaveOurVenues campaign in response to the coronavirus pandemic that halted live shows, leaving hundreds of grassroots music venues around the country in need of financial aid to stay afloat.
In their end-of-year statement released yesterday (21 December), Music Venue Trust wrote that they “feel it is important to take a moment to acknowledge all the remarkable work that has been done this year to shield our community from the worst possible outcome of this pandemic, and to thank all of the people who made that possible.”
The organisation revealed that Music Venue Trust has been able to support 920 Music Venues Alliance members during the pandemic, and has raised a staggering £3,872,512 via the #SaveOurVenues campaign so far.
Music Venue Trust’s statement added, “This year, more than any other, we are reminded of the words of Joe Strummer, who said ‘Without people, you’re nothing’. Our community has responded to this crisis with extraordinary passion and commitment. You are our people, and that means everything to us and to the venues.”
The Music Venue Trust has launched a new ‘Traffic Light’ system to highlight at-risk venues that are in need of urgent support.
A colour-coded system is used to judge the security of a venue’s future: Green (353 venues) applies to those considered safe until March 31; Amber (273 venues) categorises those at risk of closure between and March 31 without additional support; and Red (30) venues designates venues that face imminent risk of permanent closure.
A #SaveOurVenues crowdfund has been launched to support the venues classified as in the Red List.
These include The Waiting Room in London (pictured), Plot 22 in Sheffield, Boom in Leeds and Venue 38 in Ayr.
Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust, said: “What the #saveourvenues campaign has achieved during the last 8 months is truly remarkable. Thanks to the efforts of music fans, local communities and the wider music sector we have raised over £3m in donations and have unlocked over £80m in government assistance to help stave off the imminent closure of over 400 grassroots music venues. We are now focusing exclusively on those 30 remaining venues which face immediate permanent closure. If people want these local venues to still be there when this is over there is a very clear call to action: choose a venue, get donating, get writing, get calling, get organised. Save them all. Reopen Every Venue Safely.”
The Music Venue Trust has launched the crowdfunding campaign #saveourvenues to help independent music venues facing closure due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trust mention that 556 grassroots venues are at imminent risk of permanent closure due to tight operating margins and the inability to open to custom during the lockdown.
At statement on the #saveourvenues website reads: “The situation is dire, government support has been exhausted, and it now falls to artists, music fans, local communities and the wider industry to take action
“Put bluntly, without these venues the opportunities for artists and audiences to connect in a meaningful way at a local level will simply disappear in a lot of cases. And if they go they will never come back.
“Please help us to help grassroots music venues to survive this unprecedented threat to their existence.”
Head to saveourvenues.co.uk for further details and the Crowdfunder page to donate.