Since we started the Go Fund Me campaign last month we have been deeply touched by the incredible generosity of every single person who has donated, including performers, promotors, DJs and the collaboration of creative artist to sell merchandise, but most of all our brilliant customers who have overwhelmingly supported the campaign.
We are also very grateful to Lambeth Council for the hardship grant we have received and for those who have helped us by holding events. We are now getting ready to re-open the venue in a limited fashion, with no shows, cabaret or club nights, and this money will be used to help run The RVT during this time of massively reduced income. Although we have reached the target we set, we will leave the page up and running until we open on 4 July as there are outstanding donations which still have to be made.
24 May 2020 - Start date
During the lockdown we have received many messages of support from performers, promoters and our loyal customers, many of whom have asked if they can donate to the upkeep and running costs and help to keep our much loved venue safe.
The RVT is a family of talented artists, promoters, very loyal customers and invaluable staff. Over the last nine weeks we have worked hard to keep The RVT alive at the forefront of our community with social media and virtual performances from many of our performers, DJs and promoters. We do not want to lose focus as London’s most iconic LGBT+ venue, London's Best Cabaret Award Winner and listed in Time Out as one of London’s top 50 iconic locations.
We are a small independent company that has gone from being a vibrant cabaret, performance and club venue to zero income overnight. Since 20 March the only financial support we have received from the Government is relief on business rates, and we do not meet the criteria set by the Government for the £25,000 grant that some smaller venues are eligible for.
We are still having to pay all our running costs, which are about £25,000 a month while we are forced to remain closed, including rent to our landlord, they will not consider any change to the rent structure. When we do reopen it is likely to be with severe restrictions on numbers, which means our income will be greatly reduced going forward.
Therefore we have decided to set up a Go Fund Me page so that people who want to and are able to make a contribution, can now do so. All monies donated will be put towards our high operating costs and the fabric upkeep of the building. We want to continue to provide a truly diverse platform and range of LGBTQ+ events with all our wonderful associated artists. No donations will be used for staff wages as the staff have been furloughed under the government job retention scheme.
James Lindsay, RVT CEO/Managing Director says: “The team here are determined to make sure that The RVT continues to be a safe space for every member of the LGBTQ+ community and a place that supports talent of every kind regardless of gender, race, ability, or age.”
Thank you for all your financial support and very kind comments.
James Lindsay - CEO/Managing Director
John Kerr - Operations Director
and all the team at RVT
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