A new campaign has been launched to encourage established artists to support grassroots music venues.
Organised in partnership with Music Venue Trust, the Passport: Back To Our Roots initiative is bidding to raise funds to safeguard the futures of grassroots music venues struggling to survive the Covid-19 crisis.
The initiative will run as a nationwide series of exclusive shows encouraging established artists to perform a one-off intimate show at a UK grassroots music venue. Artists can nominate a venue that holds personal significance for them, or the campaign will help match them with a participating venue.
A total of 80% of all money raised will go to the Music Venue Trust, which will distribute half of the amount to the host venue with the remainder going into their Crisis Fund, benefiting all venues in need of financial support. The remaining 20% will go to Inner City Music, the charitable organisation that operates Band On The Wall, which is responsible for the administration of the project and will cover its overheads. Any overage will go into the MVT Crisis Fund.