Friday 10th April 2020
In line with government guidelines intended to limit the spread of Covid-19, ourselves and many of our partners have closed our public facilities and services. As such we find ourselves in the unprecedented position of inviting you not to attend any events, classes, exhibitions, the cafe, the Bongo Club and any of the initiatives we have all built up over many years!
Ceasing all of our activities is having a huge impact on the ability of ourselves and partner artists and organisations to generate income for social benefit. Out of the Blue is a social enterprise and we receive no regular funding. The majority of our income is raised through our activities – activities which we are currently unable to continue with. Despite this we remain committed to doing all we can to support our staff and resident artists through this difficult time. In line with our organisational values we have offered a rent holiday to all of our resident artists, recognising that many of them are facing a period of significant uncertainty in regard to their income. While this is the right decision it brings with it further risks to the financial sustainability of the organisation.
We appreciate there are many people and organisations in dire need. We are pursuing all avenues open to us in order to secure the additional funding that will help us to weather this storm and survive. However, the emergency funding is limited and there is no guarantee that we will be able to secure enough to cover all of our costs over the period of closure. The longer the current conditions continue, the greater the risk that we face.
So we are asking all of our supporters to help if they can, and in whatever way they can. We know that many of you will have nothing to spare, but if you can make a donation, however big or small, it will help us in ensuring that Out of the Blue is here for another 25 years, doors open and welcoming everyone who needs a place to do their thing.
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