The Clapham Grand has today launched a Crowdfunder campaign to help save it from imminent permanent closure.
In a recent survey by the Music Venue Trust (MVT) it was discovered that 54 of its 670 member venues are under threat of “imminent closure” as a result of Covid-19, with certain venues ineligible for government funding, despite still being liable for rent and building insurance.
One of the UK’s oldest venues, The Clapham Grand has today launched a Crowdfunder campaign to help protect and safeguard the venue’s future. The campaign has already gained the support of the likes of Frank Turner and Sir John Major.
Having been around for 120 years, The Clapham Grand has consistently been a place to focus and showcase the creative arts with a diverse programme that includes everything from boxing and Bollywood to discos and drag. Meanwhile, the stage has also welcomed the likes of Oasis, Charlie Chaplin and Bianca Del Riom Bongo Bingos to name a few.
Talking about the threat facing music venues at the moment, Frank Turner said: “All live music venues are facing a tough time right now, across the country. But The Grand in Clapham is a special case. The venue steeped in the history of entertainment, it’s been there for 120 years, providing a stage for everything from music hall to rock’n’roll through to rave. It’s the perfect example of the fact that without venues, the culture in our communities will have no space to germinate, grow, thrive, or even exist.”
The music industry is currently waiting for advice from the government about how the live industry will look post-lockdown and are as of yet unable to make future financial plans.
The Grand’s Manager Ally Wolf comments: “The Grand is a magical building with an incredible past spanning 120 years that has adapted throughout the decades to provide entertainment to millions of people. Without cultural spaces like The Grand and so many other venues now at risk, we will have a very different and incredibly sparse cultural landscape. As one of London’s biggest and oldest independently owned venues, we are speaking out on behalf of our industry and ask for people’s kind support in helping to ensure our doors will once again reopen.”
For those wanting more information about The Clapham Grand’s Crowdfunder campaign please visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/savethegrand