What's The Problem?
Despite putting on 77 successful shows in between lockdowns (more than any other venue that we are aware of) we’re in a deep hole.With a new capacity of 32 seats and a 10pm closing time we’re actually losing well over £200 a day.
Through putting on shows we have created an extra 260 work shifts, managed to pay some 200 acts (we always pay the bands here!) and entertained around 2500 people.
We were able to secure a few grants to ensure that rent and bills were paid up to the end of September. However because we are not a limited company we were ineligible to apply for the lucrative Arts Council Cultural Recovery Fund.
The target of £72k is an honest, perhaps conservative, assessment of what we need to ensure survival through the winter. This covers the shortfall required to pay rent, standing orders and wages. Stuff like new equipment will have to wait for another day.
This year has been hard. Despite all the problems Covid has thrown us, our freeholders tried to double the rent! We won that and we can win this.
What You Can Do To Help...
First and foremost please SPREAD THE WORD that our venue is in danger. Please share to friends who might have come to the Windmill or are a fan of one of the bands who started out here.
We know many of you are skint and also many have already donated or bought our t-shirts so if you publicise our appeal hopefully others will get involved.
For those of you who can afford to slip us a few quid you’ll find a range of rewards that have been donated to us by those brilliant people at Music Venue Trust who have been campaigning tirelessly to #saveourvenues.
What We'll Do...
Everything we can! We've been putting on live music six or seven nights a week for the past two decades and we want to keep doing just that!
We’re proud of our programming and the community around us.
Even under strict Covid regulations we managed to put on some stunning events including some alumni doing surprise shows (black midi, Lias Saoudi, Shame, Sorry) and some emerging new talent (Sam Akpro, Josef Kurtz, Kitty Fitz).
In a way we feel we’ll come out of this stronger; it’s just for now, we need a bit of help.
Goat Girl (2019)
About Save Our Venues - The Red List
During the last 8 months, Music Venue Trust and Crowdfunder have worked together to prevent the closure of hundreds of grassroots music venues. With no end to the crisis in sight, we are now refocusing that work to spotlight those venues under most imminent threat of permanent closure. The #SaveOurVenues Red List highlights the grassroots music venues at most risk.
We’ve checked all the available funding, financial support, furlough schemes, business support for these venues, and what is on offer is not enough to prevent them being lost. These 30 venues are on the Critical List and need your help.
These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.
Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our grassroots music venues survive this crisis.