Union Chapel Urgent Appeal

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Union Chapel Urgent Appeal

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Project by Union Chapel

£24,848

 
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+ est. £3361.50
£60,000 target 31 days left
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We need YOU - to help our venue survive, help the homeless and vulnerable in our community during this time of crisis.

National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund

We’re taking part in the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund. Donations to our project will be matched by the fund up to the value of £250 to help us overcome the effects of the pandemic.


Please note only one donation per supporter will be matched by the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund.

Union Chapel is an amazing, award-winning cultural venue doing genuine social good. As Covid cases continue to rise, we need your help to survive as an inspiring venue and as a vital charity helping the hardest hit in our communities during these times of crisis.

For over 3 decades, we have supported the homeless and most vulnerable in society, transforming the lives of thousands of people. The demand for Union Chapel’s support services have increased by 66% since the pandemic and the longer-term impact of Covid and the economic situation on those already facing disadvantage and inequality is becoming more acute. 

Whilst our support services have remained open for this vital face-to-face support throughout the pandemic, repeated lockdowns have meant the doors of our venue have remained largely closed for much of the past 18 months and income to support these much-needed services has been vastly reduced. 

As an independent venue, Union Chapel receives very little funding, and the revenue from our venue sustains our charitable work and helps us maintain our beautiful building. The rise of the new Covid-19 variant and the introduction of new restrictions is having a catastrophic effect on our venue.  

Since the start of December 2021, Union Chapel has seen:

  • A number of December events cancelled at short notice due to Covid cases.
  • The cancellation and rescheduling of the vast majority of January events and 50% of February shows so far.
  • A substantial drop in audiences, of up to 50% for some events. 

This year was going to be a vital year for our recovery, after the enormously challenging year we had in 2020. After a brief period of stability, the last few weeks have thrown us and the live music sector back into financial crisis, and there is now huge concern for the months to come. This has a major impact on us as a charity and our vital work for the community, now and into the future. Michael Chandler, CEO of Union Chapel Project

We need your help. Whatever you can give won’t just help us as a world-loved venue, it will help the struggling communities we are supporting across North London. Donations of all sizes will provide a vital lifeline as we continue to navigate the financial impacts of Covid-19. 

MORE INFO ON WHAT WE’LL DO WITH DONATIONS

1. Help us survive as a venue and inspiring space

Union Chapel is best known and well-loved as an astounding space and an award-winning music venue – home to landmark gigs by Amy Winehouse, Adele, Michael Kiwanuka, and most recently Celeste and Damon Albarn and voted London’s Greatest Live Music Venue (Time Out). We have a global reputation for international cultural events – hosting unique and innovative performances that inspire and inform diverse audiences from London and the world. From music and comedy, to films, dance, spoken word, and social justice – in 2019 our programme attracted over 100,000 visitors through 250 unique events.

But we are more than a well-loved venue. We are a 200-year-old Victorian Gothic architectural jewel, with an amazing history of social justice, music and culture. Our mission statement is “Inspiring Space – Inspiring Lives”. We are a progressive Church and an organisation which has supported the homeless and most vulnerable in society for decades. The funds will go towards all the work here that keeps Union Chapel going and help us survive this period of closure. This includes core operating costs, our homeless and community emergency response work, our building maintenance and our digital programme.

2. Help us bring our Sunday School Hall back into use to support our communities to reconnect and overcome the challenges we've faced. 

Our Sunday School Hall programme was seriously impacted by the pandemic and nearly drew to a halt. It is now not only severely delayed but the need for a community hub and programme of activity for those most in need has increased two-fold as we see the longer-term impact of Covid and our economic situation on those already facing disadvantage and inequality. Funds raised through our campaign will go towards repairing and refurbishing this forgotten Grade 2* wonderful listed space and turning it into a much-needed genuine community asset fit for modern users, and towards life-changing training, employment and empowerment programmes.

Last year Historic England funded a heritage programme and the making of a film to tell the story of the Sunday School hall - you can watch the film here. 

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

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Behind the Scenes Tour

You and a guest will be taken on a private tour of Union Chapel discovering hidden places and learning about our incredible history.

£125 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Afternoon at tech desk for sound check with crew

An exclusive treat to join our sound technician for a sound check in Union Chapel. This experience will be for ca. 2 hours during which you can share the beautiful space with the band and crew to get a real behind the scenes experience. Band/artist TBC depending on availability at time of booking - we will try to fulfil special requests but cannot guarantee this. Allocation will be based on first donation first served.

£200 or more

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Full Monty Union Chapel sound desk experience

Join our sound technician for the whole day, this will include an exclusive sound check afternoon during which you will share the chapel space with crew and performers, followed by the evening experience when you'll get the best seat in the house next to our sound technician. Band/artist TBC depending on availability at time of booking - Allocation will be based on first donation first booked.

£50 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Evening at the sound desk

The best seat in the house. Join or sound technician during an evening performance and get to see how to sound desk works. (Band/artist TBC depending on availability at time of booking - we will try to fulfil special requests but cannot guarantee this. Allocation will be based on first donation first served).

£50 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Tour of Union Chapel's iconic tower

Join our head of building conservation for a private 1 hour guided tour of Union Chapel's iconic tower. The tour is for those not afraid of heights and it requires a minimum level of fitness. It will take you up to the tower, at clock level and below the spire level, from which you can have a wonderful view of London, from Primrose Hill, to Canary Warf and….. the Arsenal Stadium. Tours can only take place on a dry day.

£50 or more

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Signed Christmas card from Craig Armstrong

Craig Armstrong had a solo show at Union Chapel and was commissioned for Organ Reframed in 2016. He will generously be signing a batch of Union Chapel Christmas cards for 25 lucky supporters.

£50 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Signed Christmas card from Penguin Café

Good friends of Union Chapel, Penguin Café, will be signing a small batch of Christmas cards for 25 lucky supporters.

£50 or more

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Tour of Union Chapel's iconic tower

Join our Facilities Manager for a private 1 hour guided tour of Union Chapel's iconic tower. The tour is for those not afraid of heights and it requires a minimum level of fitness. It will take you up to the tower, at clock level and below the spire level, from which you can have a wonderful view of London, from Primrose Hill, to Canary Warf and….. the Arsenal Stadium. Tours can only take place on a dry day.

£75 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Exclusive Organ Tour Experience

Meet Artistic Director and acclaimed composer, Claire M Singer, play the organ and have an organ tour.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Limited Edition Fatboy Slim Poster

Limited Edition Fatboy Slim Poster (framed A3) Signed event poster from Fatboy Slim's intimate gig at the iconic Ibizan institution, Pikes.

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