Music Venue Trust have announced that their #SaveTheMusic Campaign has raised £3,872,512 over the last year. The organisation started the fundraising campaign in April of this year, in order to raise money for music venues across the UK struggling due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
This year, more than any other, we are reminded of the words of Joe Strummer, who said ‘Without people, you’re nothing’.
Our community has responded to this crisis with extraordinary passion and commitment.
— Music Venue Trust (@musicvenuetrust) December 22, 2020
In an end of year statement, MVT spoke positively about the campaign, and thanked all donators for the money raised so far. “We feel it is important to take a moment to acknowledge all the remarkable work that has been done this year to shield our community from the worst possible outcome of this pandemic, and to thank all of the people who made that possible,” said the organisation.
“This year, more than any other, we are reminded of the words of Joe Strummer, who said ‘Without people, you’re nothing’. Our community has responded to this crisis with extraordinary passion and commitment. You are our people, and that means everything to us and to the venues.”
The money raised will help venues across the UK remain open despite financial issues, with venues, with the Alchemy Bar in Croydon, the Spiritual Bar in Camden and Mundell Music Backstage in Kinross being some of many venues to receive aid from the campaign. When speaking to NME, MVT CEO Mark Davyd said that the effort and hard work of communities had been a amazing feat, and a true example of ‘people power’.