Help THE HORN survive the COVID-19 crisis

by The Horn in St. Albans, England, United Kingdom

Help THE HORN survive the COVID-19 crisis
We did it
On 16th October 2020 we successfully raised £38,477 with 965 supporters in 205 days

Protecting the future of The Horn, one of the UK's best loved independent grassroots music venues during the Covid-19 crisis.

by The Horn in St. Albans, England, United Kingdom

Hi everyone,

UPDATE 07th June
We are incredibly humbled by the support to date and for reaching, and going above our target. Thank you so, so much.

We have been told by Crowdfunder that any campaign that was opened during the Covid-19 pandemic will remain open after the target date, this is to give the business as much chance as possible to reopen and people can still donate or buy items for sale through the funding page.

This is great news for us as ........ Unfortunately we are 'not out of the woods yet'.

At time of writing we are £100,000 in debt due to the forced closure of the pub. This is made up of outstanding bills and the loan. At the beginning of March we were a business trading successfully with no debt and a small trading capital.

The only support we have received so far is from you lovely people and our bank granting us a loan. We haven't received a single penny from Government towards the business or to the two business owners. The only help we have had is through the furlough system which everyone can apply for.

Many Many business owners have applied for the grants of £10k and £25k and are getting them DESPITE still trading. All because the criteria was that business had been affected by Covid-19 and your business rates are below £51k you can get the grant. Our rates are £60k so no grant for us. Completely unfair threshold and structure. Surely a business that has had to close and generate ZERO income for the last 11 weeks is more in need of the grant than one still trading. We know of one business that has received £330,000 in grants for its stores and continued to trade the whole time online.

If we can get the £25k grant and add this to your amazing support on here we would be able to cover our outstanding bills and reopen sometime in the future.
We are still campaigning for a grant and will continue until the bitter end.


Original text posted at time of launching:
As always, the safety and health of staff, customers, artists and all others is of the utmost importance, our focus now needs to be on protecting the future of the venue and doing our best to ensure staff welfare.

Like so many other small, independent businesses, we now face an unpredictable and potentially very grave future and we need your help. 

Put simply: without support and action during these times, The Horn will NOT survive and its staff will be placed in a vulnerable financial position. We are taking advice from the government re financial help and will apply for a business loan when it goes live. BUT all of these measure will still fall short paying our existing outgoings and losses. Sadly, due to a rateable value above the threshold we did not receive the grant given to small businesses, other large bills have been deferred and will still be due if we can re-open, on top of the bills due at that point.

We have decided to launch this funding page to help support our staff and pay essential bills. All funds raised on this page will be used to support staff financially while trying to safeguard and protect the future of the venue. 

With any luck, we can soften the blow of the forthcoming challenges for our staff, and keep ourselves afloat long enough for there to be a business and jobs for staff to return to.

At this point, while we understand that so many others are facing similarly uncertain times, and priority is your own families and helping those less fortunate in our local area, we are encouraging everyone in the community and beyond who is able to and and wants to play a part in safeguarding the future of The Horn, to please donate generously to this fund. In return we will be offering HORN-related items and other incentives for larger donations, should you be able to help.


IconicVinyl & HornPub T-shirt (below)


We appreciate your help and support in this unusual and unpredictable time, more than you’ll ever know. 


All being well we will be welcoming you back at The Horn soon and we can party once more.

Please stay safe and well,
Lots of love everyone at The Hor1591300257_101940881_10157776817783375_3747808678900662272_o.jpgn

#saveourvenues T-shirt (above)



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Entitles free guest-list entry to UNLIMITED shows within a year of re-opening + T shirt + your name added to the 'We've still got The Horn Wall' *subject to show/date availability

£5 or more

Buy us a pint!

Spare us a fiver and buy us a virtual pint!

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Spare us a tenner to help a business you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way + name on our Save Our Venue wall

£20 or more

77 of 300 claimed


Join us on the first nights welcome back party once we are allowed to reopen.

£20 or more


By popular demand we've added the must have Horn T-Shirt, you'll get knowing glances everywhere you go but no-one ever knows why it seems so familiar... HornPub T-Shirt in your size + Your Name on the 'We've still got The Horn Wall'

£20 or more

Horn Legends T-Shirt

Another of the popular T-Shirts previously available at The Horn. The legends T-Shirt has the iconic Horn logo on the front plus a list of the legendary acts that have graced The Horn in the past. Horn Legends T-Shirt in your size + Your Name on the 'We've still got The Horn Wall'

£20 or more


An exclusive limited edition Music Venue Trust #SaveOurVenues T-shirt (see image in description) For every #saveourvenues T-shirt sold, the venue will receive the whole £20 because Music Venue Trust will cover the full costs of fulfilling the order (price includes postage and packing on this reward)

£20 or more

Save Our Venues T-Shirt

Support our venue and the Save Our Venues campaign with a high quality 4 color print Gildan black shirt featuring the official Save Our Venues logo • Available in five sizes • Price includes delivery • Delivery can take up to 35 days

£25 or more

HORN fund raiser T-SHIRT

Exclusive HORN fund raiser T-Shirt in your size

£50 or more

Any Show + Meal + drink of your choice

Attend any show within 1 year and choose any meal and drink on the night + name on Save Our Venue wall

£50 or more

Horn Goodie Bag

Includes 1 Horn T-Shirt of your choice, the Horn Badge Collection, Horn Patches, Horn Lighter, Horn 'Glow in the dark' Guitar Plectrum, 1 free entry guest-list to a show of your choice* + Your Name on the 'We've still got The Horn Wall' *subject to show/date availability

£50 or more

19 of 20 claimed

IconicVinyl Hand Sprayed Record

Stencil sprayed recycled vinyl records by DJ, music producer and graphic designer Hansi. All the designs are initially created on a Mac, then stencils are cut and sprayed with Montana Gold high grade graffiti spray cans in the same manner that Banksy does his pieces. For existing pieces and examples of his work see - Either select an existing piece or request your own design!

£100 or more

7 of 20 claimed

Horn Canvas Print

Love one of the brilliant PJ Photography photos or some of the gig artwork from a memorable show here? Once the campaign has finished we will contact you to let us know which picture you'd like and we'll blow it up on an A3 canvas for you. + Your Name on the 'We've still got The Horn Wall'

£100 or more

7 of 20 claimed

Horn 10 Show Ticket

Entitles free guest-list entry to 10 shows of your choice within a year of re-opening + T shirt + your name added to the 'We've still got The Horn Wall' *subject to show/date availability

£200 or more

8 of 20 claimed


Entitles entry to 20 shows of your choice within a year! + T shirt + your name on the Save Our Venue wall. *subject to show/date availability

£500 or more


EXCLUSIVE use of our Barn function room for your own party to celebrate once corona virus is over. pledge includes bar staff and security for your event + name on Save Our Venue wall + T-Shirt *subject to show/date availability

£500 or more

10 of 10 claimed


Free entry for life + T-Shirt + name on Save Our Venue wall

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