Save Our Venues Campaign reaches ‘RED ALERT’ with 30 venues at risk of permanent closure

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The Music Venue Trust has today announced that 30 grassroots music venues are at immediate risk of permanent closure to the Covid crisis.

Over the past eight months, the charity has done substantial work in protecting over 400 venues until march 2021 thanks to the generous support from you, the music fans and artists, communities, and the music industry. 

Despite last month’s news that over 1,000 venues, festivals and theatres would receive a share of the £1.57billion funding package by the government. And despite 89% of grassroots music venues who applied for a grant by the Arts Council England – where £41million was distributed – there are now 30 venues which received no help in dire need of saving. 

On Facebook the Music Venue Trust said today: “We’ve checked all the available funding, financial support, furlough schemes, business support for these venues, and what is on offer is not enough to prevent them being lost. These 30 venues are on the Critical List and need your help.

“These 30 grassroots music venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of our villages, towns and cities.

“Music Venue Trust is not a big corporate organisation with dozens of employees and millions of pounds to back up our campaigns. We don’t have the power on our own to save these venues. We need the power that you, the community that loves and cares about these venues, can bring.”

In light of this announcement and in line with our own campaign at ICM, we are offering a 30% coupon code ‘SAVETHE30’ until 8pm on Saturday, November 14th on Poster and Tote Bag Bundle orders. On top of that, 20% of profits will still be donated to the trust and help protect these vital places for live music – that’s 50%! Click the picture below to be taken to our store.

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The list of venues that need your help

Arden Inn, Accrington
The Venue #38, Ayr
Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
The Four Horsemen, Bournemouth
The Rossi Bar, Brighton
POP Hyde, Cheshire
The Venue, Derby
Woolpack Live, Doncaster
The Hot Tin, Faversham
The Lantern, Halifax
Grand Elektra, Hastings
The Brunswick, Hove
Beehive Jazz Cafe, Hull
The Gellions, Inverness
Hootananny Music Bar, Inverness
Backstage, Kinross
Boom, Leeds
Alchemy, Croydon
EGG London, London
The Lexington, London
Spiritual Bar, London
The Post Bar, London
Windmill Brixton, London
The Waiting Room, London
Dryad Works, Sheffield
Plot 22, Sheffield
The 1865, Southampton
Telford Arena, Wellington
The Boulevard, Wigan
The Railway Inn, Winchester

To donate to the crowdfunder, visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-venues-red-list

To write to you local MP, councillor or politician, visit https://www.writetothem.com/

Please use your social media to show your support for the 30 venues using the hashtags #SaveOurVenues and #SaveThe30.

ICM proudly supports #SAVEOURVENUES campaign

Alex Pearson

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ICM, full-time journalist, occasional photographer, Chelsea FC.



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