How To Help Concert Venue Staff During Coronavirus Closures

With concert venues being closed to the time being, here are some ways you can help their staff while they are out of work.

March 24, 2020
The National



Working in radio means I get to go to A LOT of shows here in RVA which is awesome. At this point, I think I've lost track. That being said, some of our local venues have become like a second home to me over the years and it breaks my heart seeing the live music industry at a standstill right now. Over the years I have made connections with the staff at these venues and it S U C K S to see them out of work right now. Coronavirus, you. are. the. WORST. 

Below, you will find a few links to some relief funds that have been set up to help music venue staff here in RVA. If you have the means, please donate. These people help make music magic happen for us and they could seriously use some love right now. If you know of other funds set up to help venue staff, please reach out and I will do my best to update.

Thank you! 

1. Canal Club Staff Relief Fund - If you grew up in Richmond you probably went to countless shows here in high school and beyond. I saw Panic! at the Disco play here one time and it was rad AF. And Kathy, who runs the place is the bomb. 

2. The National Staff Relief Fund - What can I say? This place is like a second home to me! I've seen some of my all time favorite bands play here and I gotten to introduce quite a few too. I met my all time favorite band, Arctic Monkeys here. Partied with Walk The Moon here. Got my face rocked TF off by Queens of the Stoneage here. I could write you a novel about all the nights I've spent here.

3. The Broadberry Staff Relief Fund - This is such a fun, quirky venue and it's so close to some amazing restaurants so it's EASY to make a 'night out' of going to a show here. And some AMAZING artists have played here! Grandson, Joywave, MAX, and more. I even emceed my friend's show here one time and we hosted an eggnog chugging contest between sets, it was so gnarly!