Studio fund for musicians hit by COVID 19 crisis

COVID 19 has already been devastating for musicians in the UK, and the communities and economies which are built around them. It doesn't look like getting better any time soon.

Venues are closing,  gigs are being cancelled, the mechanisms for making a living out of making art are shutting down.

Everyone's health is - rightly - the primary concern right now, and after that people's ability to survive financially with rent, bills and food to pay for. But it's no small concern that our cultural landscape could be devastated by the end of all this if we don't act to keep it alive.

I run the Marketstall Recording studio in East London. We're a small independent studio who mostly work with self-funded and DIY artists. They don't have big record deals with major labels to support them through hard times. And right now, they cannot afford to continue making their art - the stuff that helps keep you sane and happy while you're self-isolating. 

What we're trying to do is establish a fund that struggling artists can access to continue making and sharing their art during this time. We're asking for contributions towards studio time at Marketstall Recording for artists in exactly this predicament. 

By donating to this fundraiser you'll not only be helping support these artists, but also this small independent business.
Our relationship with the artists we work with is symbiotic, and we're feeling the effects of all this too.

Our aim, initially, is to raise £1,000 which is the equivalent of 5 days of studio time. This would normally be enough time to record and mix and EP, or sometimes even a whole album! But hopefully we can raise much more.

If you're a regular gig-goer you'd usually be spending money on concert tickets and drinks and merchandise. While there aren't any gigs for you to go and spend your money at, we'd like yo to consider donating some of it to this fund in order to keep the music scene - and the artists and independent business who make it - going during a difficult time, so it's still there, vibrant and alive when everything goes back to normal.

Without your continued support "normal" might look quite different on the other side of all this ...

If you'd like to know more about the studio and/or the artists we work with please visit or drop me a message here - I'll be happy to chat with with you :)

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  • Anonymous 
    • £25 
    • 24 d
  • Sarah Massey 
    • £10 
    • 26 d
  • Roy Clutterbuck 
    • £20 
    • 26 d
  • Arron Green 
    • £10 
    • 1 mo
  • Rob Corcoran 
    • £30 
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