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New Fund To SAVE Bay Area Independent Performance Venues

Updated: May 07, 2021 09:30
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There’s a new fund to help keep Bay Area music & performance venues alive via micro donations, which sounds like music to our ears.  They call the project #SubscribeToLive, and here is their message:

Independent Venue Preservation Initiative (IVPI), a new project of nonprofit The Giving Back Fund, launched Subscribe to Live (#SubscribeToLive) in support of San Francisco Bay Area’s independent live performance venues.

Through community crowdfunded micro-donations, #SubscribeToLive will pay venues’ essential bills dating back to February 2020, including rent or mortgage payments, liability insurance, and utilities. Designed to work in conjunction with federal, state and city grants as well as individual venue fundraisers, #SubscribeToLive provides immediate financial relief by directly connecting venues to a network of private donors.

‘We cover essential bills beginning in February 2020 and continuing until the COVID-19 crisis will allow for normal business activity to resume.’ 

The program is now available in San Francisco with plans to expand throughout the greater Bay Area. Community members and avid concertgoers alike can support hundreds of venues with recurring monthly donations starting at $15, online at “Subscribe to Live is the only non-grant, non-loan community based, rapid relief financial aid program available,” says Elizabeth Simon, local promoter (Bourgeois Productions Presents) and founder of Independent Venue Preservation Initiative. “By investing in our local arts and entertainment economy for the price of a streaming subscription, we can make a substantial positive impact on our city, preserving all independent culturally significant businesses within the community.”

Subscribe To Live is not a grant or a loan.  We are a direct bill pay service, funded by your donation to provide rapid financial relief for a venue in need.

To make a one-time or recurring donation in a custom amount not found on a Membership Level, you can do so on our Give Lively page.

Our monthly fundraising goal for San Francisco is: $1,050,000
To reach our goal for San Francisco…
70,000 Members will be needed, donating at $15 per month.
50,000 Members will be needed, donating at $30 per month.
24,000 Members will be needed, donating at $45 per month.
(Pricing is based on the average cost of a concert ticket price.)


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