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As you can imagine, the current COVID-19 lockdown has severely affected a lot of the UK’s grassroots music venues. These venues are centres of creative communities and the place where performers, sound technicians, promoters and other music activists learn their craft and therefore essential to the music industry and the wider society. 

Government support has failed and in an aim to save grassroots venues Republic Media have teamed up with the Music Venue Trust to ask artists, music fans, local communities and the music industry to take action through their #saveourvenues campaign. Currently, 556 venues are at risk including Little Buildings in Newcastle, The Forum Music Centre in Darlington and Sticky Fingers in Middlesbrough (click here to look for venues near you). 

As part of the campaign, artists will be performing gigs from home in support of their local venues chosen from a list which can be found via the SOV website. Each venue will have their own fundraising page with a clear target of the funds it needs to raise to stay afloat throughout this difficult period. Once a target is reached any excess revenue will go to the central #saveourvenues fund to help the wider grassroots music venue community. 

If you want to get involved then you can donate to various venues or the overall campaign via the website, watch shows performed by the artists supporting the campaign and help spread the word on social media using the hashtag #saveourvenues.

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