THE OLD E NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
During this lockdown period, The Old E's rent has been deferred but not reduced. This means we are currently accumulating debt - the same is true for venues across the country.
The Old E is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust (MVT) to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues. The MVT has been collecting data and analysing the current government policy, and shown that the government support currently available will not prevent many music venues from gathering debt as this lockdown continues. Music venues may well be some of the last businesses to reopen, meaning for many, debts will become untenable.
Why support the Old E?
The Old E has become a vital part of Bristol's DIY music community, fostering the city's abundant creativity and talent. We want to survive and continue.
We have been working hard to improve the venue and will continue to do so. We are using this time to transform the back garden into a paradise once again worthy of the public. And we stand ready to submit an application for Arts Council funding for a venue overhaul once this blows over.
WE ALSO NOW HAVE RIGHTEOUS T SHIRTS and a MIXTAPE:
Where will your money go?
Your donations and merch proceeds will help us ensure we can pay our rent and bills when needed, helping minimise our risk of closure. We estimate that £5000 will allow us to pay most expenses until the end of July.
Anything above our target amount will be donated to the Music Venue Trust GMV Crisis Fund to protect other venues facing this same threat.
I hope you are all getting by alright and look forward to seeing you again once we get though this slight hiccup.
The Old E