Campaign launched to save 30 live music venues under threat of permanent closure

The #SaveThe30 campaign aims to save 30 venues who received either no or little funding during the coronavirus restrictions.

The Music Venue Trust have launched a new Crowdfunder campaign to help save 30 live music venues in danger of being lost forever due to the coronavirus restrictions. 

The campaign, called #SaveThe30, focuses on live music venues on the Critical List - those which received either no funding or not enough to survive from the government's Cultural Recovery Fund or the Arts Council grants.

Venues on the Critical List incude The Railway Inn in Winchester, The Waiting Room in London, The Four Horsemen in Bournemouth, The Brunswick in Hove and The Lexington in London, pictured above. View the full list and donate directly here.

A statement on the Crowdfunder website says: "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. These 30 venues are on the Critical List and need your help.

"These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city."

The campaign is aiming to raise £1.75 million, with just over £57,000 raised so far at the time of writing. 

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