We know. You’re all having to handle a disaster situation that is threatening you health, your mental health, your loved ones, your art, your career, your leisure time, your relationships. All that.
And still, we beg.
This coming may 1st will mark Barbès ' 18th anniversary. Through times lean and prosperous, we have managed to remain open and present music 364 days a year (we close one day a year..) but it’s all come to a halt. As have most of your lives.
It’s hard to adapt. Hard to accept even, but here it is. A B movie script has infected the planet - and we can only hope it comes with the obligatory happy-ending of said B movies.
The past few years had already proven difficult financially, but the sudden metamorphosis engendered by COVID-19 is leading us into an era of total uncertainty.
We have been closed since march 14th and fully expect to be closed until May - probably longer. The loss of income is affecting us badly, as you might expect.
We are trying to think of the future, and, selfishly maybe, the future of Barbès. We are hoping we will be able to reopen when the time comes, but can’t be too sure.
We have started a GoFundme campaign, asking for support for those of you who can, and think it worthy.
We are not yet fully prepared with rewards and incentives - so this looks very much like begging. Sorry. We will soon refine our message and offer gift certificates for Barbes Records and libations.
Money raised will go towards paying bills - including a fund for bartenders - and insure we can re-open when the time comes - if the time comes.
We miss you all.
The Barbès staff.
And because the team at GoFundMe seems overwhelmed by the number of fundraisers and needs more facts to prevent fraud or abuse, here are a few facts:
My name is Olivier Conan.
I am raising money for Vinoli - dba Barbès - a bar and performance space of which I am also the owner and that is located at 376 9th st in Brooklyn NY.
You can check our website at the link below, but sadly, none of the performance planned will be happening as we have been closed, due to the pandemic, since march 15th.
Money raised will help us pay bills, pay some of the staff with the most pressing needs and in general, get ready to open again when it is possible, if it is possible.
Any questions - please email me at [email redacted]