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COVID-19 Update

In the light of the latest announcement by the Prime Minister on 16 March about Coronavirus, we have decided that the club is CLOSED until further notice – hopefully not too long. SO ALL GIGS ARE CANCELLED.

We are aiming to continue to offer contributions to the music, perhaps in a more online manner rather than a pure physical space.

This puts a pressure upon us. We are a not-for-profit organisation with rent and overheads to pay (especially staff) and we don’t want to let down the members of our community of amazing musicians, for whom the Vortex is a creative home. We have managed to survive by judicious ducking and diving for 30 years, but nothing as challenging as this.

You can make direct donations to the Vortex on our crowdfunder, buy t-shirts and mugs or download one of our fundraising tracks on Bandcamp. We are looking at every way to help keep going.

If you have already booked, we would be happy if, rather than take your money back, you were either to use it as a donation to keep the club afloat, or ask for a credit note for a future gig once we reopen.

If you’re a musician who has been affected by loss of work and cancelled gigs, we have included a list of resources and links below that you may find useful:

NHS Commonly Asked Questions
Statement from Arts Council England
Musician’s Union Advice
Advice on Visa cancellations for SXSW
Insurance advice for cancelled flights
Health & Welfare Support from Help Musicians UK
Advice on Web Streaming
Advice from UK Music
BBC advice on working from home
Government advice on those affected financially by Corona Virus
Petition from Music Venues Trust
Music Minds Matter
Tutti Resources for creatives
6 steps to support music during corona virus
Creative Scotland – professional resources
Support artists and Venues
Help Musicians – advice
Jazz South – Corona Virus Resources
Women In Jazz Resources
Awal Streaming Income
Awal Live Streaming advice

Watch this space.

The Vortex Directors

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