The Smokehouse is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues.
Our venue could face closure as due to the loss of income from bar revenue, we could find ourselves unable to pay for essential overheads and other services.
We have received some financial support from the Borough Council and Arts Council and have another Crowdfunder to benefit our freelance staff. We are raising funds to go towards maintenance, repairs and programming, ensuring we can hit the ground running once we are able to reopen.
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.