#SaveOurVenues campaign to help support grass-roots music venues in the UK during COVID-19
Posted: 20th May 2020
You can get involved to help fund and support your favourite smaller venues.
In these crazy Covid-19 times, businesses across the country are suffering financially as the lockdown continues with no immediate end in sight.
With several hundred smaller venues now identified as under possible threat of closure and impending bankruptcy, a new initiative has been launched to help combat what appears to be a lengthy period of social and cultural restrictions imposed.
The initiative is called Save Our Venues (tagged as #saveourvenues on socials) and has been launched by the registered charity Music Venue Trust and has the blessing of several musicians who have pledged both their time and limited funds to kickstart the program.
One such artist is songwriter Frank Turner, a revered performer whose career started in key grassroots venues around the UK. He says, "The UK live music industry is staring into the abyss right now. I'm not able to save the whole thing on my own, but I decided to do a series of livestream shows to raise money for specific independent venues that I know and love, and that are in serious risk of disappearing right now. The success of these shows demonstrated the love that exists between music fans and their favourite grassroots music venues so the #saveourvenues campaign is a brilliant way of building on that and hopefully giving artists and music fans a chance to get involved and play a big part in helping them survive."
Whilst live streaming might not be the most atmospheric way to enjoy music, it is becoming something of a successful stop-gap, not only for the benefit of the artists involved but also keeping music fans sane at home. Recently, acclaimed Devon-based boutique festival Sea Change streamed hours of exclusive performances to help keep musicians artistry alive and festival goers some hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
How can you get involved?
1. Donate to a specific venue's fundraising page by the Save Our Venues website (link below) to see a list of local venues that urgently need help. There's a £100,000 target to reach just for starters.
2. Watch 'at home' shows by artists supporting the #saveourvenues campaign. Details of exclusive gigs will be added to the events page at the Save Our Venues website.
3. Donate to the national #saveourvenues fund via the website below.
4. Help spread the word on social media using the hashtag #saveourvenues and the campaign link.
We will be promoting as many 'at home' shows as we can, as well as any rescheduled shows that these venues should be hosting, all being well when the lockdown lifts.
Music Venue Trust's CEO Mark Davyd says, "Without the support of music fans and artists literally hundreds of the UK's grassroots music venues could go out of business, never to return, in the coming months. Please help to save every single grassroots music venue in the UK so that it can reopen after this crisis and continue to be a home to our musicians and our communities."