£1 Million Raised for UK Music Venues
Grassroots music organisation Music Venue Trust last month (25 April) launched an online campaign Save Our Venues to raise money for over five hundred independent music venues across the UK, including Oh Yeah Music Centre and the Black Box in Belfast, the Macbeth of Hoxton, Band on the Wall in Manchester, and Heebie Jeebie’s in Liverpool. The fund, which is taking online donations from the public, has so far raised £1,036,153 from a target of £1,500,000.
Music Venue Trust represents 670 music venues across the UK, and the campaign has found that 556 are at risk of permanent closure due to financial losses caused by the pandemic. The Save Our Venues campaign aims to provide financial support to these venues, while also pairing venues and musicians for a programme of digital concerts and workshops, which can be found on the Save Our Venues website.
In the promotional video, folk-punk singer Frank Turner says:
It’s no exaggeration to say, that without [these venues], the live music scene in this country will die. These grassroots venues are where we musicians start, and where we all, as music lovers, discover new artists and get to see great musicians playing in our local areas… We need to save our venues, and we need to do it now.
Donations can be given through the main crowdfunding page, or alternatively, members of the public can donate to specific venues of their choice via an interactive map on the Save Our Venues website.
To donate to the fund, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-venues-national-campaign
To find out more about the campaign, visit saveourvenues.co.uk/about/#/
See the map of venues below.