We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve been successful in our application for the Culture Recovery Fund. We’re incredibly relieved to receive this support after what has been a very tense waiting period for everyone at fabric, and would like to express our gratitude to the Arts Council England team and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for the faith they’ve shown in us. We also want to thank Music Venue Trust, NTIA and UKHospitality for their constant support throughout the pandemic.
Like so many other cultural institutions around the world, the last eight months have been some of the most challenging in our lifespan. With our doors closed and no source of income to sustain ourselves, simply paying rent and maintaining a 1,500 person venue in Central London has placed enormous pressure and financial strain on us as a business.
The Culture Recovery Fund will be a vital lifeline for us, particularly as we expect to be unable to open for regular club events for the foreseeable future. The latest developments suggest that hosting reduced activities will be our best case scenario for at least the next six months. With this in mind, part of the grant will be used to secure the survival of the venue, including covering rent, critical maintenance and introducing COVID secure infrastructure to ensure that we can bring people together safely when we reopen.
But we’ll still be active during this period of restrictions. Our grant will be used to develop a range of new initiatives, including a live stream series, expert-led tutorials, and community outreach programmes celebrating under-represented groups in our community. The past months have allowed us to reflect on all of the things we can improve as a cultural entity and we plan to implement these as soon as we begin activity. The fund will provide income for all artists, technicians and staff members involved, and we’ll share full details in the coming weeks.
We’re thrilled that a venue such as ours has been recognised alongside so many of the UK’s most prized institutions. Electronic music is culture and we are proud to have represented this scene for the last 21 years. While it’s very difficult to look to the future in the midst of so much uncertainty, we sincerely hope that our community will be able to come together and bounce back stronger.
In the meantime we’d like to thank everyone who has stuck with us, through this period and since 1999: our loyal team, our friends and peers around the world, and all of those who have written to us sharing their messages of support. We miss you all and look forward to sharing music with you again soon.