The Venue is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues across the UK.
Back in May we launched our first ever crowd-funder, thankful for all the donations we received it unfortunately was not enough. 6 long months down the line we still haven't received any form of government help, rejected for one Arts Council England grant and unable to apply for the other and with no help from the landlord, we are now currently (along with 29 other venues) on the MVT's Red List - we are in imminent threat of closure.
Over the last ten years The Venue has provided Derby with quality music acts all year round, from up and coming bands to well-known established acts and everything in between.
With hundreds (if not thousands) of artists taking our stage since our doors opened, we are pleased to have brought acts such as; Wolf Alice, Foals, Frank Turner, The Charlatans, Ash, British Sea Power, Gomez, The Struts, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Craig Charles, The Sugarhill Gang, Pale Waves, Cabbage, The Wedding Present, Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, Skindred, Hayseed Dixie, The Menzingers, Every Time I Die, Deap Valley, PINS, Demob Happy, The Bluetones, Lucy Spraggan, Yonaka, Pulled Apart By Horses, Dr John Cooper Clarke, JAWS, The Blinders, Peace, Will Varley, Beans on Toast, Cast, the Skids, The Slow Readers Club, The Twang, Sleeper, Sleaford Mods and The Subways to name just a few to Derby.
Our venue faces closure because we are unable to generate enough income to cover costs during this lockdown period. The majority of our income is raised by ticket and bar sales, both of which are non-existent due to both government lockdowns and the restrictions in place when we were able to open.
Your donations will be used to help with the following immediate costs; rent, building expenses, licences, insurance, electricity, supplier invoices and essential running costs (required for legal/safety reasons) as well as all costs to running a live music venue.
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.
Music Venue Trust have created Save Our Venues Merchandise including T-Shirts, Face Masks, Snoods and more which can be chosen as a reward for a donation to our CrowdFunder.
Any support during this difficult time will be greatly appreciated and even if you haven't donated, thanks for reading. But, you've got this far so give that donate button a push and make our day!
The Venue x