Without new artists the future of the music industry & all those associated with it is bleak & these are challenging times for small venues, we’re the ones who give artists a chance, a chance to perform, to develop & hopefully grow & who knows some day they may be playing arenas & outdoor venues to thousands.We know it’s possible because we gave early chances to bands such as The Orielles & Working Men’s Club who’ve gone on to do just that, but it’s stupidly hard for bands to gig as venues struggle to pay decent amounts because ticket prices haven’t changed much in the past 15 years despite their overheads increasing massively.

So we could do nothing or we could be the first (we think) in the country to charge a fee (you can opt out) for every ticket sold which goes into a fund to provide financial assistance to artists who want to gig & tour but can’t afford to. It will be transparent, it won’t be just for Calderdale artists (though they will have priority) & will be easy to apply to & it just might help keep our industry growing whilst the big promoters just sit back & do little or nothing.

Once the fund has built up we will proactively promote it to artists. Anyone allocated funds will have to provide some pics from the gig/s your money has helped make happen for them. These will go on our social media (and there’s) as a condition of being given funding.

Venues need help too but that has to come from the big players, if that happens then a pipeline will be in place to ensure the UK continues to be a source of music inspiration & enjoyment.