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Music Venue Trust launches #saveourvenues

The new national campaign will save hundreds of grassroots venues at risk of closing.

Photo: Emma Swann

With loads of music venues affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Music Venue Trust has established the new national campaign #saveourvenues, aiming to save hundreds of grassroots venues across the UK at risk of being closed down.

“Without these independent venues the live music scene in the UK will die,” a statement reads. “These grassroots 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 any village, town or city.”

Artists will be performing “at home” gigs in support of their local venues, and each venue has their own fundraising page with a clear target of the funds it needs to raise to stay afloat throughout this difficult period. Once a target is reached, any excess revenue will go to the central #saveourvenues fund to help the wider grassroots music venue community.

So how can you help?

1. Donate to a specific venue’s fundraising page by clicking this link www.saveourvenues.co.uk to see a list of local venues that urgently need help.
2. Watch ‘at home’ shows by artists supporting the #saveourvenues campaign. Show details will be added to the events page at www.saveourvenues.co.uk
3. Donate to the national #saveourvenues fund via the website www.saveourvenues.co.uk
4. Help spread the word on social media using the hashtag #saveourvenues and the campaign link www.saveourvenues.co.uk

In the words of Music Venue Trust’s CEO Mark Davyd: “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.”

Head to www.saveourvenues.co.uk to support!

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