You all know the current situation regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. What that means for us is that The Bungalow needs your help as it is in a state of IMMINENT CLOSURE.
Bungalow Enterprises is a Community Interest Company which was set up last September to stop The Bungalow closing. To do this the trust honoured debt that was payable to creditors. We have worked hard to turn this around and give the community a place they are proud of. All has been going well until the announcement made by Boris Johnston to not attend theatres, pubs and restaurants.
Because of this government's lack of preparedness and refusal to actually enforce closures of pubs/clubs/music venues, as it stands we will not receive our business interruption insurance. As a direct result of that, this could be it for us. We cannot survive a closure lasting weeks or months. It would be a travesty for The Bungalow to close for any reason let alone this.
In short: without your support to help us over the next few months The Bungalow will NOT survive and the future of the history and legacy of Paisley’s famous music venue will be gone.
Although we are like so many other small, independent venues that face a potential shutdown we are a Community Interest Company. Just to clarify to those that has not heard of a CIC. A Community Interest Company is a business with primary social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners. We are 'Asset Locked' which means all our equipment etc stays in community ownership, that is why we are asking you the community to help.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
As always, the safety and health of staff, customers, artists and all others is of the utmost importance. However, this incredibly ambiguous statement has caused all the cultural organisations chaos.
We are working on a survival plan at the moment and cutting down as much as we can and our focus now needs to be on protecting the future of the venue and looking after our staff.
We will set up a Hardship Fund for staff in order to support them while the venue is closed.
All funds raised on this page will be used to support The Bungalow financially that will safeguard and protect the future of the venue.
Any extra funding will go to helping local young artists.
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.
While we understand that so many others are facing similarly uncertain times, we believe that The Bungalow has a special place in Paisley and that is why we are encouraging everyone in the community and beyond who is able to and wants to play a part in safeguarding the future this well loved venue to please donate generously to this fund.
In return we will be offering Bungalow items and packages for your support. Once again, we cannot thank our community and patrons enough for your support since we started this journey to keep The Bungalow open over the last few months. You are the reason we do what we do.