The Black Box is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues.
The Black Box is run by a small team of hugely passionate staff and volunteers. We are facing very uncertain times due to the impact of COVID19. As a non-profit and charitable organisation, we rely on bar and box office revenue to generate over 85% of our income. With our venue now closed, we will struggle to be able to pay our considerable standing costs until we can reopen safely.
Our focus is on securing the future of the venue. We are staying positive and planning ahead, including the development of online programming, and staying connected with our most isolated communities by delivering workshops and creative sessions through digital platforms. But we need your support. Money raised through this campaign will be used to safeguard and protect The Black Box.
Over the last 14 years, The Black Box has created a unique space for emerging artists and cutting-edge music and performance. We're somewhere that actively makes room for artists to take risks, for marginalised people to express themselves, and for us all to connect and learn with each other. We've had so many amazing performers grace our stages and so many nights to remember. We are asking you to help us make sure this home we've made together is still here for us all for years to come.
The Black Box stands in solidarity with a community of grassroots venues that each have their own unique following and audiences. These venues are the lifeblood of the music industry. If we hit our target, and we can prevent the closure of our venue, everything above the amount we need will be donated to the Music Venue Trust GMV Crisis Fund to protect other venues just like ours, right across the country.
If you love the Black Box as much as we do and can afford to offer support, please make a donation. Every single penny will go to ensuring we can survive this unpredictable time - no matter how big or small, every bit helps and means the world to us. We can’t wait to welcome you back when we open again.
With much love, The Black Box x