We support the Music Venue Trust02 July 2020
Alongside developing our own North East Culture and Tourism Recovery and Resilience Plan, the North East Culture Partnership is aware of specific campaigns underway from particular areas of the cultural sector to bring to public and government attention the negative impact of COVID-19.
As a network from a region that has contributed a great deal to the UK popular music industry, we’re aware of the severe impact of COVID-19 on small independent music venues. Many of these venues are working at a grassroots level to nurture the new talent of tomorrow.
We endorse the principles of the work of the Music Venue Trust; a charity established in 2014, which acts to protect, secure and improve grassroots music venues. Their current campaign #SaveOurVenues, comprises:
- a direct appeal to the UK government to implement a financial package to save some 500 music venues from closure
- the Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Fund, taking donations here
- the Grassroots Music Venue Crisis Service, for those facing urgent and immediate challenges due to COVID-19
Several of our region’s key grassroots music venues – such as The Cluny, Boilershop, Riverside and the Globe in Newcastle, the Green Room and the Georgian Theatre in Stockton, the Studio in Hartlepool, the Vault in Hexham. The Engine Room in North Shields and more – are involved in this campaign.
As a partnership, we recognise the important role they play in the cultural life of the region and offer them our full support.
Visit the website to find out more about the work of the Music Venue Trust. http://musicvenuetrust.com.