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Notice: The Boileroom Crowdfunds To Survive Coronavirus Crisis

Published on: 4 May, 2020
Updated on: 4 May, 2020

The Boileroom – music and arts venue in Stoke Fields, Guildford –  has had to press pause on all events and of course, has no income.

Like so many other small, independent businesses, it now faces an unpredictable and potentially very grave future and is calling for help.

Music venue The Boileroom was once the Elm Tree.

Staff are staying positive though and are crowdfunding to support full-time staff and pay bills. That comes to around £2,500 a week. The aim is to raise funds for the worst-case scenario of 12 weeks, amounting to £30,000.

To date, 93% of its target has been reached and Dom Fraser, The Boileroom’s director and founder, said: “I am not very good at asking for help but the response has been unreal.”

The venue is planning to reschedule concerts and events that were to have taken place in March to August, coming back with a full programme for the autumn.

Boileroom merchandise is being offered to raise funds and other incentives for larger donations for those who are able to help.

These range from a 15-minute portrait sketch by Susan Czopor for a £15 donation, your name printed on The Boileroom Wall of Fame for £10, or 20 free entries to the venue for a year for £200.

Dom said: “While we understand so many others are facing similarly uncertain times, we are encouraging everyone in the community and beyond who is able to and wants to play a part in safeguarding the future of The Boileroom, to please donate generously to this fund.

“Help us survive, keep music live, donate to our Crowdfunder here.”

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