Our UK venues face permanent closure because they are unable to generate enough income to cover even their reduced costs during this lockdown period. The majority of their income is raised by ticket sales and bar sales - both of which are at an all-time low or non-existent due to the forced closure of the venues.
They have made efforts to raise extra funds via online merchandise sales and we are so grateful that people are supporting venues by doing this.
The Leadmill is in a slightly more fortunate position however if these forced closures continue into the rest of the year we could also be looking at some pretty high debts and inevitable staff redundancies. We want to try and avoid this as much as possible.
Any money raised through this fundraiser will be split 50/50 between The Leadmill and the Music Venue Trust's nationwide pot to help save the UK's venues from closure.
Our half of your kind donations will be used to help cover the following immediate costs:
- Staff that we are unable to furlough who are desperately trying to keep the venue alive and kicking for the future
- Financial help for our freelance DJs/engineers/crew
- Rent that we are unable to get a holiday period from via our Landlord
- Essential running costs that are a legal/safety requirement
If we hit our target, it will be a massive help to protect other venues just like ours, right across the country.