The Music Venue Trust has launched a new ‘Traffic Light’ system to highlight at-risk venues that are in need of urgent support.
A colour-coded system is used to judge the security of a venue’s future: Green (353 venues) applies to those considered safe until March 31; Amber (273 venues) categorises those at risk of closure between and March 31 without additional support; and Red (30) venues designates venues that face imminent risk of permanent closure.
A #SaveOurVenues crowdfund has been launched to support the venues classified as in the Red List.
These include The Waiting Room in London (pictured), Plot 22 in Sheffield, Boom in Leeds and Venue 38 in Ayr.
Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust, said: “What the #saveourvenues campaign has achieved during the last 8 months is truly remarkable. Thanks to the efforts of music fans, local communities and the wider music sector we have raised over £3m in donations and have unlocked over £80m in government assistance to help stave off the imminent closure of over 400 grassroots music venues. We are now focusing exclusively on those 30 remaining venues which face immediate permanent closure. If people want these local venues to still be there when this is over there is a very clear call to action: choose a venue, get donating, get writing, get calling, get organised. Save them all. Reopen Every Venue Safely.”