Save Grow Hackney

by jordanna in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £6,044

£40,000 target 34 days left
15% 88 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 28th June 2024 at 1:33pm

Help GROW: install solar power, venue equipment, become a CIC and to become a self-sufficient and sustainable organisation long-term.

by jordanna in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Help Us Keep the Lights On and the Music Playing and Lead the Way in Sustainability

GROW is at a critical juncture. The only way we can get to our 11th year is with your help. We’re asking for your support to raise £40,000. This will enable us to activate a plan that will not only keep us open but also make us more self-sufficient and sustainable.

Our Vision

We’re committed to maintaining the quality and ethical ethos of our food, drink, and cultural offerings. We want to keep our dedicated venue team together, who are already working at full capacity. Your support will give us the best possible chance of financial viability in the long run.

Your generous donation will help us:

  • Add to an existing successful funding bid to install solar panels, buy batteries, and speed up the process
  • Convert to a CIC, opening up more funding opportunities
  • Apply to extend our license terms for our garden terrace
  • Extend Our License Terms: We aim to extend the license terms of our garden terrace, allowing the outside bar to be open later
  • Pay off accumulated bills, allowing us to move forward on all of the above

By supporting us, you’re not just helping GROW survive - you’re fueling our journey to thrive and pioneer sustainability. Every contribution brings us one step closer to our goals. If we don’t hit our target, rest assured, we’ll still strive to activate as much of our plan as possible. THANK YOU!

Our Story:

GROW is an independent grassroots music venue in Hackney Wick, part of an ecosystem of artist and maker spaces and working yard called Grow Studios. 

Since opening in 2014, GROW has hosted over 2000+ events and welcomed more than 500,000 people through our doors.  Our events span genres and celebrate diverse cultures from around the globe to down the road. We host community and creative workshops with communal meals, fundraisers, have a veg box scheme, support local enterprises, host talks, fairs and spoken word and jams for emerging talent. Visit our blog and sustainability and wellbeing section to see what we get up to.

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 A Decade of Making a Difference

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’re also facing a stark reality: without your help to invest in our long-term financial sustainability, we may not see our 11th year.

We started as a group of artists, driven by a vision to create a haven in Hackney Wick where people could escape, relax, enjoy music and art, and momentarily step away from the pressures of the world. We called ourselves an experiment in ethical and sustainable business, and we still do today.

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Your Impact

Every time you’ve walked through our doors, you’ve helped us grow and thrive. Your support has allowed us to redirect funds to artists, musicians, local people, ethical suppliers, and community and cultural events. You’ve helped us champion eco-electricity and the London Living Wage. But most importantly, you’ve helped us challenge the status quo and make a real difference.

Our Challenges

The journey hasn’t been easy. In 2018, our rent increased by 250%, and in 2023, it rose a further 33%. We took on more studio space to keep the community together. Then came the pandemic, but with a team effort and a successful culture recovery fund bid, we persevered.

The gentrification of Hackney Wick brought new challenges. While we welcomed new communities, existing ones were displaced. With more venues opening, often with more favourable rent, meeting the changing expectations of the area has been tough.

The Cost of Living Crisis

The cost of living crisis hit us hard. Our energy prices increased by 400%, food and drink supply costs rose, and equipment and contractor prices soared. This put pressure on other bills too, including VAT, business rates, and our subsidised rent to Grow Studios. Despite these challenges, we didn’t compromise our ethos, and the music never stopped.

Our Future

We rely heavily on our spring and summer takings, which make up 66% of our annual income. This year, it’s been almost impossible to build the reserve we need to get us through the winter. It’s clear that if we don’t change now, we won’t survive another winter.

We’re good at being thrifty, DIY, and sharing skills, knowledge, and resources. We upcycle and reuse wherever possible. GROW was built on this ethos. But now, we need your help to continue our journey.

Our Commitment and the Challenge of Legacy

We believe in fair pay. Our team is always compensated for their work, and artists are paid as agreed. As founders, we often forego our pay to keep this space alive. It’s a choice we’ve made, but it’s not sustainable in the long run.

Legacy is a common challenge in grassroots music venues. As founders age, and face health issues, burnout, or other commitments, the question of succession arises. It’s not feasible to expect the same level of commitment from others. Even with willing successors, the issue is self-perpetuating. Financial sustainability is crucial for a smooth transition.

By supporting us, you’re not just helping GROW survive - you’re fueling our journey to thrive and pioneer sustainability. Every contribution brings us one step closer to our goals. If we don’t hit our target, rest assured, we’ll still strive to activate as much of our plan as possible. THANK YOU!

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

Become a Friend of Grow

Join 'Friends of Grow', a new annual scheme which includes offers and free entry to special events

£40 or more

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Grow T-shirt and Friend of Grow

Get a Grow T-Shirt celebrating 10 years at Grow and an annual membership of 'Friends of Grow', which includes offers and free entry to special events. (please note: the t-shirt will need to be picked up at venue)

£50 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Sunglasses by Waterhaul, with case & pint of Korev

Get Sunglasses made out 100% recycled plastic with a Korev branded case. These retail at £65 and are made by super sustainable Cornish company, Waterhaul. Plus a pint of St Austell's Korev Lager when picking them up!

£60 or more

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Xenz T-Shirt

Get a T-Shirt designed by artist Xenz. Pick up from Grow with a complimentary drink of your choice! Also, become 'Friends of Grow', an annual scheme offering you discounts, offers and free entry to special events

£60 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Petro T-Shirt

Get a T-Shirt designed by artist Petro. Pick up from Grow with a complimentary drink of your choice! Also, become 'Friends of Grow', an annual scheme offering you discounts, offers and free entry to special events

£80 or more

1 of 10 claimed

DJ Lesson with a Grow DJ

Play your records on Grow's soundsystem and learn some tricks of the trade with one of Grow's DJs

£125 or more

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Jazz Jam Song Dedication

Come to Jazz for entry for 2, a sharing mezze platter and a bottle of organic wine to share and enjoy a song dedicated (along with your message) to to you and your guest(s), delivered by house band Stratos.

£150 or more

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Conga Lesson with a master

You may have witnessed those lightening hands of Williams Cumberbatch at Grow, this is a chance for you and a friend to join an small group to learn some techniques and have an intimate performance with this master conga player and complimentary drink of your choice each

£300 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Help us design a Grow X Signature Brew Beer

Help design a new Grow X Signature Brew Beer at Signature's Walthamstow Brewery to mark 10 years of Grow + get 20 vouchers for pints of the new beer (to drink anytime!) and invite to the launch event (this reward is valid for two people)

£400 or more

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Hire Grow's Greenhouse to get free entry to jazz

Private Hire of Grow's Greenhouse on a Thursday and get entrance to our live jazz event for a minimum of 30, up to 60 people

£2,000 or more

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Hire the Venue on a Tuesday Night

Get the exclusively to venue to yourself, a Grow DJ and a £500 bar tab on a Tuesday night for you and your friends or colleagues

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