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For the most up to date guidlines regarding safety during the Coronavirus outbreak, we recommend following official World Health Organisation and Public Health England channels. 

PETITIONS


Coronavirus: write to your MP
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme excludes a whole sector of workers, including around six million self-employed workers. Below is a link to a template letter you can send to your MP.
Read Here ︎

Cancel the Festival of Britain - Save Britain's Grassroots Culture
Music Venue Trust are calling on Boris Johnson to take immediate action to protect Britain's Grassroots Music Venues by reallocating funds designated to the 2022 Festival Of Britain and to enforce the official temporary closure of Grassroots Music Venues.
Sign Here ︎

Resident Advisor launch Save Our Scene Campaign
In an open letter, signed by more than 150 people in the electronic music scene across five continents, Resident Advisor are calling on collective action from the community to ‘save our scene’.
Read the letter and Sign Here ︎

NTIA #TheBigFreeze Campaign
The Night Time Industries Association are asking people to sign an open letter addressed to the government regarding various financial freezes.


“The Big Freeze is a portfolio of proposed measures to consider during the COVID - 19 period, in addition to the current measures that exist within the UK. We are proposing that all financial commitments to banks in terms of mortgages, loans and financial agreements be frozen, without effect on any current covenants or balances in terms of interest. Commitments will be reinstated once the crisis period ends.”
Read the letter and Sign Here ︎

VENUE FUNDRAISERS


#SaveOurVenues
The Music Venue Trust have launched a national initiative to prevent the closure of 100s of independent music venues. On the Save Our Venues website you can choose to support your local venue or donate to the National fund.
Donate Here ︎

Save Off The Cuff
The South London space will be setting up live streams of many singer songwriters, bands and artists, daily, via our YouTube and Facebook channels straight from the venue. Accessing the live streams will be free, but they are asking anyone who is in the position to, to donate to help secure the survival of Off The Cuff.
Donate Here︎

The Old Blue Last
You can donate up to £100 to help the Shoreditch live music mainstay survive through the Save Pub Life scheme. Any donation made will be doubled by the schemes organisers.
Donate Here ︎

The Lexington
The much loved Islington venue has made a commitment to its staff as a top priority but is currently receiving no relief on rent, is ineligible for government grants and has received absolutely no compensation from insurers. The Lexington faces a very real threat of permanent closure within only a few short months.
Donate Here ︎

Deptford and New Cross venues and charities
A Just Giving page set up to help small independent businesses and local charities here in the New Cross and Deptford area. All proceeds will be split equally around spaces in New Cross and Deptford. Such as Deptford Cinema, Bunker Club, DIY Space, Deptford Reach and DAGE.
Donate Here ︎

Sister Midnight Records
Sister Midnight is faced with the very real threat of closure. They desperately need to raise funds to help towards the cost of rent and bills during this time. All funds will be used transparently.
Donate Here ︎

Paper Dress Vintage
Since the government has announced that citizens should 'avoid pubs and clubs' and minimise social contact, Paper Dress Vintage has taken the decision to temporarily shut down its music venue. They are raising funds to support their staff with creative options for donations.
Donate Here︎

Village Underground & EartH
Due to the government’s latest advice to avoid non-essential gatherings, VU and Earth have made the difficult decision to close. With this in mind, they have set up this fundraising page to collect donations which, whether large or small, will help them continue to operate once this unpredictable period is over.
Donate Here ︎

Windmill Brixton
A page dedicated to supporting independent breading ground for the likes of black midi, Goat Girl, Shame, the Windmill in Brixton duruing Coronavirus.
Donate Here ︎

DIY Space For London
The space just off Old Kent Road has hosted hundreds of bands, helped raise thousands for local and international causes, and provided a home for organising meetings, forums, screenings, festivals, fairs, swaps and much more. They are taking donations to help with their bills amounting to over £8000 per month.
Donate Here ︎

MAGAZINE FUNDRAISERS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS


Save Loud And Quiet
Loud And Quiet Magazine is facing closure unless a significant number of people sign up to their new subscription model. For £50 per year you’ll get the next 6 physical editions delivered to your door, digital versions of those editions, including downloads, a copy of their commemorative 15 years of Loud And Quiet 36-page homemade zine and more.
Subscribe Here︎

Crack Magazine Subscriptions
Due to the the lack of revenue from venue, promoter and festival advertising in light of the current crisis, Crack will be unable to go to print for the foreseable future. For that reason, a little earlier than planned, they have decided to share a membership package they have been working on for the last six months. For yearly Crack Magazine Supporters, there will be special prints in collaboration with some of their favourite artists and creatives.
Subscribe Here ︎

London In Stereo x Babak Ganjei
Unfortunately, the three In Stereo magagazins (London, Bristol and Berlin) will cease to exist in print form in during the outbreak while pubs and venues are close. In the meantime, they are raising funds for freelancers in collaboration with artist Babak Ganjei by selling this special print. 10% of funds also goes to foodbank charity Trussell Trust.

Buy Here︎

ADDITIONAL FUNDING


FemFolk
FemFolk UK exists to provide support and opportunities for women, non-binary, trans, and intersex musicians, as well as any musicians who may be subject to gender-based discrimination. They aim to provide support through performance opportunities, mentorship, workshops, including artists in their Spotify playlists, as well as providing reviews for new releases.
Donate Here ︎

Crowdfunder - Pay It Forward
Crowdfunder are offering free fundraising for your business during the coronavirus crisis. Their partners at Enterprise Nation will also be providing access to free training and support for business with online sales, marketing and finance.
Read Here ︎

Virtual Pint
This Just Giving page is raising £5,000 to help independent venues, pubs and arts spaces stay in business. Every time you raise a #VirtualPint, you raise real money.
Donate Here ︎🍻️