Music Venue Trust has expanded on the #SaveOurVenues campaign they launched in April by introducing an initiative to funnel aid directly to the U.K. venues most hurt by COVID-19 restrictions. The #SaveOurVenues Red List, as it’s dubbed, aims to raise £1,750,000 to be distributed between 30 organizations at the highest risk of closure.
Included on the list are London venues The Waiting Room and Egg London, Boom Leeds, The Venue in Derby, and Venue38 in Ayr, Scotland. “We’ve checked all the available funding, financial support, furlough schemes, business support for these venues, and what is on offer is not enough to prevent them being lost,” reads campaign verbiage. “These 30 venues are on the Critical List and need your help.”
The news arrives after a #LetUsDance petition amassed 145,000 signatures, resulting in a Monday debate in U.K. parliament on whether to expand on government nightlife aid. Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Night Time Economy Advisor Sacha Lord has promised to take legal action against U.K. lawmakers if Greater Manchester bars and clubs will be subject to “tier three” COVID-19 restrictions after the nationwide lockdown ends in early December.
Thus far, Music Venue Trust’s #SaveOurVenues Red List has raised nearly £80,000. Donate to one of the 30 clubs or to the MVT #SaveOurVenues national fund distributed amongst them via Crowdfunder.
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