Since closing Brighton Dome, cancelling Brighton Festival and working to move online over 4,000 music lessons we normally deliver to young people across our county, we have been inundated with kind messages of support and generous gestures.
As we know, the hammer blow that COVID19 has delivered to our lives is likely to ripple for some time and is affecting every sector of our economy. Arts venues across the country are facing extremely hard times ahead, potentially financially devastating. 67% of our income disappeared over night.
Our magnificent building has been standing for over 200 years - a beacon for the community. Starting as a riding stables for Prince Regent and transforming into many guises thereafter from a place of protest and solidarity for Suffragettes, to temporary hospital in WWI, a refuge for wartime dance in World War II and even a roller-skating venue.
To now. To a place where we have provided thousands of memories to treasure. Do you remember the awe you felt when you watched your favourite musician play in such a grand and intimate setting? Did you go to one of the many Festival events in unusual settings across our city? The Victorian police cells, the Chattri, the old Co-op building, the Fire Garden, Woodvale Cemetery, Black Rock or Hollingbury Hillfort?
You may have graduated with us and have the perfect selfie with Brighton Dome as a backdrop. Or did you shed a tear when your child first performed on our stage in a classical concert, or when they nailed their Let’s Dance routine or took part in their first Children’s Parade with thousands of others?
Whatever your connection to us, we know our venue, our annual Festival and music tuition inspire lives and enable change for good. We know we need to fight hard to stay here for our community for the next 200 years. We will need the arts more than ever when we come out the other side of this.
Without you, our loyal audiences and supporters, we could not exist. You are incredibly important to us and your support will help us look forward to the future with confidence.
As a charity, it's hard for us to close. We want to do everything we can to support the arts sector as we all deal with these unprecedented times. We'll be working hard to find ways to survive the financial impact – and it would make a huge difference to us if you would consider making a donation. Thanks to Gift-Aid, your donation this will be automatically increased by 25%
We believe the arts inspire and change lives. And access to art for everyone is a universal human right. Now more than ever, art can lift our spirits, brighten our days and support our mental health.
Thank you for your support – we look forward to welcoming you back when we are able to. Until then, stay safe and take care.
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