AFTER RAISING £80,000 and exceeding its donations target by £30,000, management at London’s 900-capacity Union Chapel (UC) in Islington doubled its target to £100,000.
The venue achieved its initial target partly with the help of a fundraiser by singer/actor Jess Guise and husband Frank Turner, although most came from nearly 4,500 individual donors.
According to UC programme manager Brett Pracownik, “We’re overwhelmed by the support from donors but the chapel is reliant on live shows and the funding mitigates less than half the income lost [through the lockdown]. Concerts with social distancing are not viable for us – one metre would limit it to one third our full attendance.”
However, paid live streaming has provided some revenue for the venue, with a £12 ticket for Laura Marling’s post-lockdown live stream raising £6,000 across two shows.