...And now for something a little bit different!
My other half is an ardent gig-goer. In ordinary times, he is out at gigs two, three or sometimes even more times a week.
He really missed seeing new and familiar artists at his favourite venues in 2020 and we know many of those grassroots music venues were already struggling before the virus threw a massive spanner in the works.
So, for his birthday, I made him this print. I told him he could either a) own the only print ever, and I would destroy the plate afterwards (yes, I love him that much!) or...
b) he could have a print and I would sell the rest as an open edition with £5 from every sale going to his favourite music venue(s).
“Better than that,” he said, “could it go to the Music Venue Trust?”
Save Our Venues - The Red List is a national initiative launched by the MVT to prevent the permanent closure of music venues most at risk due to the Covid crisis.
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.
Once I'd realised the scale of the task the MVT was facing, one print became two prints and soon enough I'd put a whole band of prints together! We want to make sure that when everyone can get out gigging again, there are places to do it, so we hope that the 'Instruments of Hope' prints series will help the MVT support grassroots music venues.
Do head on over to the gallery page if you’d like to buy one the prints in the series and help keep grass roots music venues open.
Please Note: Donations to the Music Venue Trust will be made privately by me as an individual from sales of this print.