The music industry has suffered greatly due to this current pandemic. With artists struggling due to cancelled tours, postponed festivals and delayed album releases, there is also a great concern for the future of some of the most loved venues in doubt, including LA’s Troubadour.
The Los Angeles venue has revealed that their location is very much weighing in the balance, Troubadour general manager Christine Karayan told the Los Angeles Times: “That means the middle to the end of next year to potentially open, and maybe a 25% cap. I can’t foresee being able to ride this out like that.”
The Times also reported that the venue has been lobbying for government aid to get through the crisis, though Karayan said that she doesn’t think the venue can survive an extended closure.
Karayan’s father, Ed Karayan, founded the club with Doug Weston, who died in 1999. Karayan is the owner of the club and building. The legendary club has seen shows from the likes of Elton John, Tom Waits, Billy Joel, Metallica, Fiona Apple, and it was the place of Joe Strummer’s final ever show in 2001. The Troubadour launched a GoFundMe to help raise funds for its employees, which you can check out here.
Meanwhile, in the UK, a new campaign to save over 550 of the UK’s grassroots music venues from permanent closure due to the coronavirus lockdown has surpassed £1 million in donations.
Last week, the Music Venue Trust launched it’s Save Our Venues campaign, with a crowdfunding bid to prevent 556 independent UK venues from closure with there futures all currently hanging in the balance. A handful of venues have already been saved however that is not certain for the vast majority who still don’t know whether they will still be able to be the pillars of their local scenes once lockdown has been lifted.
Donations have now reached over the £1million mark which is largely down to six-figure donations the Beggars Group, Amazon Music/The BPI, Sony Music and the Mayor of London.