The Music Venue Belief has introduced that their #SaveOurVenues campaign has raised over £3.8 million this yr for crisis-hit grassroots music venues throughout the UK.
Launched again in April after music venues up and down the nation had been pressured to shut their doorways as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the continued marketing campaign is aiming to supply each monetary and human assist to venues throughout the well being disaster.
In an end-of-year assertion, the MVT mentioned they needed “to acknowledge all of the outstanding work that has been finished this yr to defend our neighborhood from the worst potential end result of this pandemic, and to thank the entire individuals who made that potential”.
The MVT mentioned they’d been in a position to assist 920 Music Venues Alliance members to climate the storm of the pandemic in 2020, and that work will proceed subsequent yr “as we stay decided to Reopen Each Venue Safely”.
Arctic Monkeys carry out in Sheffield in 2005 (Image: Getty)
An replace on the fundraising efforts of the #SaveOurVenues marketing campaign has additionally been issued, revealing that a grand complete of £3,872,512 has been raised to date.
“This cash has been important in giving venues the human and monetary assist they should journey out this disaster till such time that the sector can reopen,” the MVT added.
“This yr, greater than another, we’re reminded of the phrases of Joe Strummer, who mentioned: ‘With out individuals, you’re nothing’. Our neighborhood has responded to this disaster with extraordinary ardour and dedication. You’re our individuals, and meaning all the things to us and to the venues.”
Speaking to NME last week after confirming that a further £230,000 in funding would be distributed to 24 of the UK’s worst-hit grassroots music venues, MVT CEO Mark Davyd mentioned that the collective effort to assist save venues throughout the UK this yr has been a advantageous instance of “individuals energy”.
“When Music Venue Trust and NME were first talking about this crisis in March, we had been wanting on the very actual closure of 500 venues. In a really brief house of time, no longer even one of many 30 left on our vital record seems to be like it’s going to truly be closing imminently as we feared,” he mentioned.
“It’s fairly an astonishing achievement and it belongs as a lot to the writers and readers of the NME as anybody.”