On Monday 27th April, the Music Venue Trust announced #Saveourvenues, a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently.
Grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of music, nurture local talent and provide a platform for artists to build their careers, while developing their music and performance skills.
The venues also contribute to the culture and economy of many towns, villages and cities.
However, there are currently 556 venues at risk across the UK.
A full list of venues can be found on the #Saveourvenues Campaign website.
To help support these venues, the campaign will aim to raise the funds that each venue needs to stay afloat during this difficult period.
Once the target for that venue is reached, the excess revenue will go to the central #Saveourvenues fund to help wider grassroots music venues in the community.
Musician Frank Turner recently raised thousands of pounds through a series called ‘Independent Venue Love’, performing shows for local venues including Nambucca (London), The Joiners (Southampton), The Railway Inn (Winchester) and The Forum (Tunbridge Wells).
This series of shows provided a major inspiration for the #Saveourvenues’ Campaign.
Artists will be performing ‘at home’ online gigs in support of their local venues, chosen from a list of venues currently in crisis.
Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust, who launched the #Saveourvenues Campaign added that:
“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.”
You can get involved by donating to a specific venue’s fundraising page, watching ‘at home’ shows online and helping to spread the word about the campaign.
To find out more, please visit the #Saveourvenues Campaign Website.