Music Venue Trust launches traffic light campaign to highlight venues in crisis

Music Venue Trust traffic light campaign

Music Venue Trust has launched a new traffic light campaign which colour codes the venues that are most at risk.

The campaign is an online map that marks which spaces need the most support between now and 31 March 2021. The red venues are at risk of permanent closure, and currently there are 30 grassroots spaces colour coded red. 273 are marked as amber and 353 are listed as green. Check out the map here.

Those highlighted in red include London’s The Lexington, The Waiting Room, Brixton Windmill, Sheffield’s Plot 22, Boom in Leeds, Winchester’s Railway Inn and more.

The map was launched to help those who’ve been unsuccessful with their applications for the UK’s Cultural Recovery Fund. Mark Davyd, CEO of MVT said, “What the #SaveOurVenues campaign has achieved during the last eight 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.”

You can help to support the venues by donating to this Crowdfunder.