We took the necessary steps and closed Conway Hall to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in order to safeguard our staff, volunteers, audiences and communities. This has meant cancelling for the foreseeable future all our physical talks, concerts, courses, exhibitions, literature events and collaborations with like-minded charities and community groups.
You may not know that Conway Hall Ethical Society is an independent charity and receives no regular government, Arts Council, or National Lottery Heritage funding. Everything we do is dependent upon our commercial activity, such as venue hire – which is currently at a standstill – and the generosity of our members and supporters like you.
Since the lockdown closed our doors, our staff and Trustees have been doing everything possible to address the financial shortfall. Our members and supporters have also been amazing and donated around £4,000. Unfortunately, this level of generosity needs to be increased if we are to survive.
We estimate that we will lose around 25% of our income. With no money coming in during this time we still need to pay staff, provide an online programme of talks and concerts and keep things going. Even once we are allowed to reopen we will need time and money to reconnect with our audience, resume our educational, artistic and community work and restart all our other areas of activity, including reopening our beautiful art deco Library once more.
We have launched this new fund – Doors Open – that could provide us with a lifeline. We know this is a time of uncertainty. However, if you can afford to help, your donation – however large or small – will play a vital role in sustaining Conway Hall as an independent venue and the place Where Ethics Matter in the heart of London.
We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive messages we’ve received so far and we are thankful that we can count on the support of so many of you. Together, I know we can get our Doors Open once more.
With thanks and best wishes,
CEO, Conway Hall
• Conway Hall is now part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of independent venues. If we hit our target, and we can prevent the closure of our venue, everything above the amount we need will be donated to the Music Venue Trust GMV Crisis Fund to protect other venues similar to ours, right across the country.