The Sound Lounge's enforced closure at Morden and subsequent disruption to the Sutton site because of Covid19 has placed our future at risk. Funding streams which we were relying on have been cut and the high street itself will be changed once this is over as people come together in different ways and certainly with more caution.
We have decided to launch a crowdfunder campaign (as part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues). The money we are raising is to literally keep us afloat and make sure we can still proceed with our project even if the landscape post Covid19 is a very different one.
Grassroots music venues, arts centres and community spaces like ours are critical to our cultural scene in this country. Without places like ours there are no opportunities for artists to hone their craft, to become the true performers and the greats of tomorrow. And equally as important is our role in our local community. The Sound Lounge runs workshops & accredited training in sound engineering, music making and barista & food sessions for local people suffering from disadvantage. We also provide volunteering opportunities and support the delivery of off-site local music and arts projects.
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. #SaveOurVenues
Here are some photos of what we have been up to: