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Campaign to save UK grassroots venues surpasses £1 million in donations


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.

Martin Mills, Founder and Chairman of Beggars Group, said: “We fully support this campaign. Live music in small venues is where it all starts for most of our artists, and many of our best times are spent in them…we need these places to survive and thrive. We miss them.”

Paul Firth, director of Amazon Music Europe said: “The UK live music industry is incredibly special and a key part of British music culture and in uncertain times like these it’s been great to see many in the music community come together for the #saveourvenues campaign to help protect and save grassroots music venues across the UK.”

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, added: “The coronavirus outbreak is having a significant impact on every aspect of life in London, and that includes our culture, creative industries and night-time economy. These industries are so important to the fabric of our city during the day and night, and they will play a key role in helping us to recover from this public health crisis.”

See how to get involved, below.