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Sub Club is at risk of permanent closure. Help SAVE OUR SUB and keep music & dancing alive - Feel The Future!

by Sub Club in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Due to reaching our Stretch Target thanks to all your wonderful support, we are no longer asking for donations! The campaign page will remain active to allow anybody who missed out on the initial opportunity to purchase one of our extensive rewards packages, ranging from the #SaveOurSub T-Shirts to the “1987 Lifetime Membership Card”. 

As with all the funds generated via this Campaign, any subsequent revenue from these sales will be used to further the same objectives for the same purposes and with the same pledge of transparency with which we launched the campaign. 



Sub Club is at risk of permanent closure.  Help SAVE OUR SUB and keep music & dancing alive - Feel The Future!

1. Introduction 

2. The Situation

3. What We Need Your Support For? 

5. Transparency 

4. What Do You Get In Return?

5. Terms & Conditions 

INTRODUCTION 

Today, we are saying something we never thought we would have to say again - the good ship Sub Club is in danger of sinking! 

We have faced many different trials and tribulations over the last 33 years, ranging from the infamous licensing curfew of the early 90’s to the building fire which forced the club’s closure in 1999 and led us to nomadic adventures, keeping the Subbie spirit alive in other venues until the fabled reopening in 2002. 

We have faced countless other challenges over the years and are currently still fighting a long running and costly legal battle over noise issues arising from the grant of planning permission for a hotel development directly adjacent to the club, all of which has meant that the Sub Club has been very much a labour of love for all concerned for more than 3 decades. However, none of these situations hold a candle to the existential threat that the COVID-19 pandemic currently poses to the Sub Club, and indeed to Club Culture as a whole around the globe.

As lockdown is gradually lifted and some elements of the life we used to live slowly filter back in, what is abundantly clear is the fact that underground basement clubs will be amongst the very last things to reopen. We were the first spaces closed and we will be the last to open. 

The level of UK Government support has fallen woefully short of what is required to protect the future of the Sub Club. We are very aware that many people are experiencing real financial difficulty, and for some the threat to their health and wellbeing is profound. We have had to think long and hard before reaching out to ask for your help. Nevertheless, if we want to Save Our Sub we find ourselves in a situation where we have to ask for your support.

#SaveOurSub #SubClubSOS #FeelTheFuture

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THE SITUATION

Along with virtually all venues, and in line with UK Government guidance, we closed the Sub Club doors in March. At the time, we had no way of knowing what the months ahead would look like but we anticipated we might be closed for 8-10 weeks. 

As the weeks passed we patiently waited as Boris Johnson and his Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an economic rescue package supposedly designed to support the ENTIRE economy, repeatedly stating ‘we will do whatever it takes’ to save businesses and keep people in their jobs. 

A whole host of measures were announced by the chancellor including VAT & Business Rates relief, CBIL and Bounce Back Loans and most critically of all, the Job Retention Scheme or “FURLOUGH”.

Along with most businesses we breathed a sigh of relief as on the surface these measures seemed like they would at least help us weather the storm and offer a fighting chance that the Sub Club would still be afloat when we reached the other side of this crisis. Crucially, we thought that at least we could make sure that all of our 30+ staff members were looked after and provided for during such a difficult time. 

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Following Government guidance we applied for the Employee Furlough scheme and continued to pay all 31 staff members 80% of their wages in order to minimise any disruption to individual financial circumstances, on the obvious presumption that the full amount would be reimbursed at the end of April once the scheme got up and running.

Despite months of trying to address mistakes and errors on HMRC’s own system before the crisis began, we were eventually told we didn’t meet the eligibility criteria for the Job Retention Scheme, as our payroll information had been uploaded 1 day late, resulting in the refusal of our rebate claim of £31,864 which we had already paid to staff. It’s important to note that the cutoff date within the eligibility criteria was applied retrospectively, so this was not a mistake on our part, it was a failure on the HMRC system which has caused us to be barred from the scheme.

Even worse, the furlough status of all 31 staff moving forward has been invalidated meaning we have had to place all our staff on unpaid leave. This includes our managers, our cleaner, our technical staff, our bar and door staff and our office admin team. Despite multiple appeals supplying copious evidence to support our case and representations at the highest level of Government by our MP we still find ourselves in this perilous situation! 

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Not only are all our fantastic staff left without income or the prospect of working in the near future, but all the DJs who play at the club, all the promoters who put such effort into putting on amazing nights and events, all the tech staff and others who earn their corn as freelancers and depend on us for their livelihoods, are left high and dry. Many of these people have been with the club for many years and in some cases several decades!

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The cumulative effect of all this is that we now find ourselves in a situation where through absolutely no fault of our own the Sub Club could permanently close without significant intervention! We face an immediate, and very real existential threat.  

In order for the Sub Club to survive week-to-week, we need to be open at full capacity every weekend. It’s very clear since we are still only in phase 2 of the Scottish Government's lockdown easing roadmap, that this will not be remotely possible for many months to come. As many venues and spaces explore operating under physical distancing guidelines, we know this is completely impossible for us. The nature of the basement space prevents any reasonable attempt to manage physical distancing above about 20% of our capacity, and even then the associated costs would be completely prohibitive. 

More crucially still, the very essence of our club culture is the unspoken connection which you find on the dance floor - and so we are not prepared to attempt to reopen under any restrictive physical distancing directives. We will not sacrifice those ideals which have been the core ethos of the Sub Club from the very start 33 years ago, and we believe we would be doing the community a disservice by trying to do so especially for very dubious commercial reasons. We will not dilute the Subbie experience! 

With all this in mind we have decided it is time to take the future of the Subbie into our own hands and ask for your support to help us weather this storm. So that we can dance as one down in that sweaty basement once more, bang that ceiling again and get lost in music together as we have done for the last 33 years. 

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WHAT WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT FOR

  • To cover our weekly running costs. 

  • To set up a Staff Hardship fund

  • To recover the £31,864 Furlough denied by HMRC. 

  • To invest in infrastructure for re-opening post COVID-19. 

  • To help launch “Dazzle Fund” - a new Sub Club charitable initiative

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The points mentioned above are just some of the things that we know are an issue for us at the current moment. As the months pass and the situation evolves, inevitably circumstances will change and we may need to focus our resources into different areas.

In order to maintain transparency about where funds generated by this campaign are being utilised, we will update the Crowdfunder page and the Sub Club website with periodic transparency & openness statements designed to provide as full a picture as possible of how things are progressing behind the scenes. 

Dazzle Fund is designed to support worthwhile causes and marginalised communities through donations and projects within the Sub Hub framework. 5% of all funds raised by this campaign will be donated to the fund once we hit our target.


TRANSPARENCY 

  • Our normal average weekly running costs are around £10,000 + VAT.
  • Our average weekly payroll cost is around £4500
  • Our current (closed) weekly costs not including payroll are around £3000
  • The deficit for wages paid during the first 8 weeks of lockdown for which HMRC have denied our rebate is £31,864
  • We anticipate that we need around £90,000 to keep things ticking over until December when we hope we can reopen. 
  • We began to streamline Sub Hub project plans at the end of 2019 and planned to launch “Dazzle Fund” in the middle of 2020. Last year charitable events and donations from the Sub Club totalled approx £7,000. Over the next year we plan to focus more on projects centred on Black, POC and marginalised communities, mental health, Refugee Charities, womxn’s charities, LGBTQ+ causes & social welfare. We will also continue to work towards making the Sub Hub project & the Sub Club itself more inclusive on all levels.
  • In addition to the Covid-19 related expenses outlined above, we have had to spend over £45,000 on legal expenses fighting a lengthy battle to protect the club over noise issues arising from the proposed Wetherspoons Hotel development next door to the club. Simultaneously we successfully lobbied Scottish Government to adopt the ’Agent Of Change’ principle into planning guidance and force planners to consider pre-existing noise levels emanating from the club.

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WHAT DO YOU GET IN RETURN? 

FEEL THE FUTURE!

We are offering a series of ‘REWARDS’ for donations received as follows:

£10 - Tier 1 - Save Our Sub - Digital Bundle

  • Your name included on our “Feel The Future” virtual supporters wall.
  • Custom Digital Print version of the “Feel The Future” supporters wall graphic* 
  • Priority application for our soon to be announced “2021 Sub Club membership” 
  • Priority advance ticket access for reopening weekend & subsequent events

£20 - Tier 2 - Save Our Sub - Raffle 

  • Your name included on our “Feel The Future” virtual supporters wall.
  • Custom Digital Print version of the “Feel The Future” supporters wall graphic* 
  • Priority application for our soon to be announced “2021 Sub Club membership” 
  • Priority advance ticket access for reopening weekend & subsequent events
  • Entry into the Raffle to win 1 x Tier 7 “1987 Lifetime Sub Cub Member” Reward*
  • 1 x Subculture with Harri & Domenic Ticket 2020/21*

£35 - Tier 3 - Save Our Sub - T-Shirt

  • Your name included on our “Feel The Future” virtual supporters wall.
  • Custom Digital Print version of the “Feel The Future” supporters wall graphic* 
  • Priority application for our soon to be announced “2021 Sub Club membership” 
  • Priority advance ticket access for reopening weekend & subsequent events
  • Entry into the Raffle to win 1 x Tier 7 “1987 Lifetime Sub Cub Member” Reward*
  • 1 x Subculture with Harri & Domenic Ticket 2020/21*
  • Special Edition “Save Our Sub” T-Shirt by ISO Design*  

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£50 - Tier 4 -  Save Our Sub - Part of the Furniture Bundle

  • Your name included on our “Feel The Future” virtual supporters wall.
  • Custom Digital Print version of the “Feel The Future” supporters wall graphic* 
  • Priority application for our soon to be announced “2021 Sub Club membership” 
  • Priority advance ticket access for reopening weekend & subsequent events
  • Entry into the Raffle to win 1 x Tier 7 “1987 Lifetime Sub Cub Member” Reward*
  • 1 x Subculture with Harri & Domenic Ticket 2020/21*
  • Special Edition “Save Our Sub” T-Shirt by ISO Design* 
  • Print of the custom “Feel The Future” wall graphic* 
  • Your Name Immortalised inside the Sub Club on our forthcoming physical “Feel The Future - Wall of Supporters”

£75 - Tier 5 - Save Our Sub - Subculture Bundle

  • Your name included on our “Feel The Future” virtual supporters wall.
  • Custom Digital Print version of the “Feel The Future” supporters wall graphic* 
  • Priority application for our soon to be announced “2021 Sub Club membership” 
  • Priority advance ticket access for reopening weekend & subsequent events
  • Entry into the Raffle to win 1 x Tier 7 “1987 Lifetime Sub Cub Member” Reward*
  • Special Edition “Save Our Sub” T-Shirt by ISO Design* 
  • Print of the custom “Feel The Future” wall graphic  
  • Your Name Immortalised inside the Sub Club on our forthcoming physical “Feel The Future - Wall of Supporters”
  • Enamel Sub Club Pin Badge
  • 4 x Tickets for the Subculture with Harri & Domenic of your choice* 

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£100 - Tier 6 - Save Our Sub - Feel The Future Bundle

  • Your name included on our “Feel The Future” virtual supporters wall.
  • Custom Digital Print version of the “Feel The Future” supporters wall graphic* 
  • Priority application for our soon to be announced “2021 Sub Club membership” 
  • Priority advance ticket access for reopening weekend & subsequent events
  • Entry into the Raffle to win 1 x Tier 7 “1987 Lifetime Sub Cub Member” Reward*
  • Special Edition “Save Our Sub” T-Shirt by ISO Design* 
  • Print of the custom “Feel The Future” wall graphic & Enamel Sub Club Pin Badge
  • Your Name Immortalised inside the Sub Club on our forthcoming physical “Feel The Future - Wall of Supporters”
  • 2 x Tickets for the Subculture with Harri & Domenic of your choice* 
  • 2 x Tickets to any night of choosing (including opening weekend)*

£1000 - Tier 7 - Save Our Sub - “1987 Lifetime Member”

  • Your name included on our “Feel The Future” virtual supporters wall.
  • Custom Digital Print version of the “Feel The Future” supporters wall graphic* 
  • Print of the custom “Feel The Future” wall graphic & Enamel Sub Club Pin Badge
  • Your Name Immortalised inside the Sub Club on our forthcoming physical “Feel The Future - Wall of Supporters”
  • 2 x Save Our Sub - Feel The Future T-shirt
  • Lifetime Free Entry ”1987 Membership Card”*
  • Priority access to tickets for all Sub Club curated events (Sub Club SoundSystem, Roof Parties, Boat Parties, hosted festival Stages we host, any parties worldwide)

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***TERMS & CONDITIONS 

  • All physical products will be shipped or available for collection as soon as possible once the campaign is over.
  • Collection is preferred and will be available from our Glasgow office.You will be contacted in advance to see if collection is possible or to arrange delivery.
  • If you are unable to collect in person, UK delivery is possible but please add £5 additional donation at checkout if you are located in the EU and £10 for the rest of the world. We reserve the right to charge additional shipping if required based on your location.
  • Rewards have no cash value of any kind and are non transferable.
  • The custom digital print version of our “Feel The Future” graphic will be emailed out to all supporters after the end of the campaign.
  • The Part of the Furniture physical “Feel The Future-Supporters Wall” will be completed as close to the end of the campaign as possible.
  • Priority access to re-opening tickets, membership applications & all digital perks are provided on a first come first served basis and may be subject to some limits.
  • The raffle will be selected completely randomly using dedicated computer software after the completion of the campaign and the winner will be notified separately by email to arrange membership details.
  • All “1987 Membership Cards” will come with their own set of terms and conditions which will be sent out via email to each member following completion of the campaign. 
  • All tickets will need to be arranged in advance and will be subject to limits and on a first come first served basis.
  • Subculture Tickets are valid only on residents night & exclude opening weekend.
  • All physical products are non returnable/exchangeable unless faulty.
  • We reserve our right to refuse entry regardless of ticket holding.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Tier 1 - Save Our Sub - Digital Bundle

1️⃣ Your name included on our “Feel The Future” virtual supporters wall 2️⃣ Custom Digital Print version of the “Feel The Future” supporters wall graphic* 3️⃣ Priority application for our soon to be announced “2021 Sub Club membership” 4️⃣ Priority advance ticket access for reopening weekend & subsequent events

£20 or more

Tier 2 - Save Our Sub - Raffle

1️⃣ Entry into the Raffle to win 1 x Tier 7 “1987 Lifetime Sub Cub Member” Reward* 2️⃣ 1 x Subculture with Harri & Domenic Ticket 2020/21* 3️⃣ Plus All Tier 1 Rewards

£35 or more

Tier 3 - Save Our Sub - T-Shirt

1️⃣ Special Edition “Save Our Sub” T-Shirt by ISO Design* 2️⃣ Plus All Tier 2 Rewards

£50 or more

Tier 4 - Save Our Sub - Part of the Furniture

1️⃣ Print of the custom “Feel The Future” wall graphic* 2️⃣ Your Name Immortalised inside the Sub Club on our forthcoming physical “Feel The Future - Wall of Supporters” 3️⃣ Special Edition “Save Our Sub” T-Shirt by ISO Design* 4️⃣ Plus All Tier 2 Rewards

£75 or more

Tier 5 - Save Our Sub - Subculture Bundle

1️⃣ 4 x Tickets for the Subculture with Harri & Domenic of your choice* 2️⃣ Enamel Sub Club Pin Badge 3️⃣ Print of the custom “Feel The Future” wall graphic* 4️⃣ Your Name Immortalised inside the Sub Club on our forthcoming physical “Feel The Future - Wall of Supporters” 5️⃣ Special Edition “Save Our Sub” T-Shirt by ISO Design* 6️⃣ Plus All Tier 2 Rewards

£100 or more

Tier 6 - Save Our Sub - Feel The Future Bundle

1️⃣ 2 x Tickets for the Subculture with Harri & Domenic of your choice* 2️⃣ 2 x Tickets to any night of choosing (including opening weekend)* 3️⃣ Enamel Sub Club Pin Badge 4️⃣ Print of the custom “Feel The Future” wall graphic* 5️⃣ Your Name Immortalised inside the Sub Club on our forthcoming physical “Feel The Future - Wall of Supporters” 6️⃣ Special Edition “Save Our Sub” T-Shirt by ISO Design* 7️⃣ Plus All Tier 2 Rewards

£1,000 or more

Tier 7 - Save Our Sub - “1987 Lifetime Member”

1️⃣ Lifetime Free Entry ”1987 Membership Card”* 2️⃣ 2 x Save Our Sub - Feel The Future T-shirt 3️⃣ Priority access to tickets for all Sub Club curated events (Sub Club SoundSystem, Roof Parties, Boat Parties, hosted festival Stages we host, any parties worldwide) 4️⃣ Your name included on our “Feel The Future” virtual supporters wall. 5️⃣ Custom Digital & Print version of the “Feel The Future” supporters wall graphic*

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