MusicHelps grants $60,000 towards the #saveourvenues Boosted campaign. Over $265,000 raised so far.

With help from Boosted LIVE, and with the welcome and generous addition of MusicHelps #saveourvenues continues to help raise money for dozens of crucial, small live music venues across Aotearoa this New Zealand Music Month…

Boosted LIVE alongside MusicHelps presents #saveourvenues

Dozens of #saveourvenues fundraising campaigns over music month are happening, each with a $1000 koha from Arts Foundation Future Fund, plus 5% of their Boosted campaign target, donated back to them. Now with an additional $2k per venue from MusicHelps as part of their MusicHelpsLive campaign to support up to a total of thirty venues nationwide.

#saveourvenues alongside Boosted LIVE and MusicHelps aim to help raise over $500,000 for venues across Aotearoa. Together the collective are well on their way to this target having raised over $265,000 so far.

MusicHelps Chairperson Campbell Smith said “MusicHelps absolutely recognises our local venues are vital for the music community in New Zealand and make a huge contribution to the music industry, both for performers and those who work in live music. Artists need audiences, and the work the Save Our Venues collective is doing to ensure there will be places for NZ artists to perform in the future is absolutely the kind of initiative that MusicHelps wants to support.”

MusicHelps Trustee Ant Healey, of APRA NZ, added “There is no denying the crucial role music venues play. Our songwriters and performers depend on the survival of places to play – not only for the income that helps sustain their music careers but for the community and support that venues provide for artists both on the stage and behind the scenes”

Starting with the inaugural campaign from Whammy & Wine Cellar (Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland) who are on target to raise 100k this week. Boosted LIVE and MusicHelps presents #saveourvenues have been joined by 12 more venues nationwide in just over a week; Darkroom (Ōtautahi/Christchurch), San Fran (Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington), Cassels Blue Smoke (Ōtautahi/Christchurch), The Cabana (Ahuriri/Napier), Dog With Two Tails (Ōtepoti/Dunedin), Neck Of The Woods (Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland), Smash Palace (Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa/Gisborne), Totara Street (Mount Maunganui), Space Academy (Ōtautahi/Christchurch), Meow (Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington), The Dome Bar (Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa /Gisborne), Cassette Nine (Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland).

Today sees the launch of four new campaigns. Keeping with the pay it forward model, Meow nominates Galatos in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, Space Academy nominates Ding Dong Lounge in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, The Plant in Waiharakeke/Blenheim was nominated by The Dome, and Wunderbar in Lyttelton/Ōtautahi by Totara Street.

And on it goes… throughout music month we will see new daily nominations, with New Zealand’s crucial, small venues asking their communities, and the wider community of Aotearoa to help.

Reb Foundation and band performs at the Wine Cellar

If planning her album release tour amidst a global pandemic wasn’t enough, all of a sudden the future looked even bleaker for musician Reb Fountain when she realised there might not be any venues for her to perform at once the lockdown was lifted. Spurred on by the desire to save her ‘second home’ and secure both audience entertainment and artist growth in Aotearoa, she gathered together a stalwart team to create a Boosted campaign to raise funds for, and showcase the plight of two iconic Auckland venues – Whammy Bar and The Wine Cellar.

Alongside Reb Fountain, artists such as Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, Ladi6, Nadia Reid, Tiny Ruins, Tami Nielson, Soaked Oats and The Beths stepped up to support what would be the beginning of a movement. This was an artist-led project aimed at a viral response to support these community spaces to survive and thrive. And true to form; artists, reviewers, photographers and punters alike have been sharing their memories and support for these beloved venues, and the need for live music to survive the lockdown.

Within 8 hours the #welovewhammywinecellar Boosted campaign had surpassed its initial goal of $50,000.

“Our initial goal was somewhat reserved,” Reb says, “We knew that these venues weren’t going to make it with our funding alone – they needed a comprehensive national funding strategy – but $50,000 seemed like a good place to start. We never could have imagined the campaign would explode as it did, tripling the number of donors recorded for any one Boosted campaign .. and we’ve only just begun.”

With such an incredible start it was clear the community at large were invested in their ‘home away from homes’ and genuinely cared about the fate of our local music scene.

Reb and team stretched the goal to $100,000, but again were aware that this would only touch the sides of what is needed. “You run a music venue for the love of it; because you are passionate about live music and want to provide a space where your community can congregate to hear it .. not for the money.”

Funds have continued to roll in as the #saveourvenues campaign shine a much-needed light on the plight of our nations venues, artists, and our creative industry as a whole.

Excited that these campaigns could become a movement to support venues around the country, this blossoming & dedicated committee (including Reb, Matthew Crawley (Golden Dawn / Strange News), Lucy Macrae & Tom Anderson (Whammy Bar), Rohan Evans (The Wine Cellar) and Reuben Bonner (Banished Music)) started working behind the scenes. Under the banner of #saveourvenues the team seek to unite in support of Aotearoa’s live music venues and music scene, to raise awareness and funds, and trigger a national response strategy in support of a thriving musical culture in New Zealand.

#saveourvenues have been working to create a national Boosted fund-raising strategy to stand in solidarity with small, live music venues around the country who are on the brink. If the record-breaking Boosted campaign for Whammy Bar and The Wine Cellar has shown us anything, it’s how a cause can transcend the divide and unite music fans, artists, and industry professionals alike to create positive change.

#saveourvenues aim is to get to crucial, original, small live music venues right across New Zealand, in cities and towns. And we are calling on everyone to help. Anyone can do it – artists, audience members, reviewers, techies, promoters – all of us. First up – please donate now – chip in what you can to make a difference. Next – using the hashtags #saveourvenues and #welove(venuename), post your own video or photo with your memory of the venue as a response and share this with your community along with the link to this page, so that your friends can donate too.

Let’s build a movement.

#saveourvenues #saveourvenuesnz

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