"Laurence and the Bass Place are an important institution that the London bass scene can't do without" - Jan Zahourek
Laurence Dixon's Bass Place supports and is supported by many leading institutions and professional double bass players in London and beyond. We provide house basses to big names like Ronnie Scotts & Pizza Express, and support many students from Trinity College, Guildhall, The Royal College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music. After 20 years of serving the bass community we find ourselves the hub of all players, with plans for masterclasses, broadcasts & interviews to welcome in the next decade.
"When you have last-minute bass trouble in London and your soundpost falls, call Laurence Dixon. He's the cat!" - Christian McBride
While many other industries appear to be on the path to recovery, it looks like the performing arts have got further to go than most. While the government initiatives have been vital to survive the initial lockdown crisis, many businesses in the arts face grave danger with the end of furlough and rent / rate relief in October. As well as Laurence running operations, the Bass Place has had two loyal employees for years. Both are highly trained and very experienced, honed particularly to the exceptional standards that have made Bass Place's reputation. They're irreplaceable! Come October, the Bass Place needs to cover £8.000 per month just to cover expenses. While this has never been easy, the slow down and uncertainty in the industry means a real risk that 20 years of history and indispensable support for the bass-world will be lost.
Our target amount would help to pay overheads to get Bass Place into 2021, and give us a fighting chance at being with you for another 20 years! Also the City of London will match all donations you make, to fund improvements to the business and the website, putting us in great shape to keep you safe and serve you better.
We're acutely aware that many individuals are in the same boat. This is an appeal to those that have had a calmer ride than some to offer a gesture of support.
The Bass Place is proud to support the charity Help Musicians UK. They have done incredible things over this difficult time. We have added an option that you can select when donating, choosing to forego your reward, and instead Bass Place will donate the material cost of your reward to Help Musicians UK. The trouble that the industry is experiencing is not over and Bass Place is happy to "pay forward" your kind intention of support.