The Horn at The Half Moon and its amazing team of passionate staff face uncertain times due to the impact of COVID-19 on our business.
The Horn at The Half Moon is the sister venue to The Horn in St Albans. The venue re-opened in January 2018 following extensive refurbishment and installation of a first-class PA and lighting system to the venue room. Dating back to around 1642, The Half Moon Inn has played a huge part in the history of Bishop’s Stortford as a coaching Inn in the town centre. Like The Horn, The Half Moon has been an important part of the local areas music scene and we look forward to being able to continue this with regular live music events, bringing some of the best new original music, touring artists, as well as the ever popular cover and tribute bands. In the short time the venue was short-listed as one the UK's Best Small Venues at the Live UK Music Awards 2018.
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?
We have been reluctant to go down the route of using a Crowdfunding initiative unless we truly needed to. We hoped that the government support alone would get us through the Covid-19 crisis, but as time goes on it is quite clear that we need to call upon people who support us year round to help us get through this.
Although there have been measures to partially support staff payment with the furlough scheme and the government grant, a large number of bills have been deferred. This means that while we are closed these bills are growing in addition to the resumption of these bills at the time of opening.
Any funds that are raised will be used to ensure that essential bills are covered and that The Half Moon is able to re-open safely and securely, as well as helping to support members of our team who have been financially disadvantaged due to the extended closure of the venue.
If we exceed our target will use the funds to make essential improvements to the site including accessibility and continue to support local artists and local audiences.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Take a look at some of our great supporter rewards and please pledge whatever you can. Our belief is that the venue is an important cultural hub for emerging artists and what we have helped to enhance the growth of local talent in the region since re-opening.
We will be monitoring the situation and reacting accordingly to government advice. We will keep you all informed of any changes based on this advice, as always our customers, performers and staffs safety and welfare is absolutely paramount to us.
We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy during this time and we hope it won't be too long before we can see you again.
* Should we not be able to re-open we will ensure that all donations are refunded. Reward items will not be issued until the venue is safe and in a position to re-open.