Keep culture at the heart of our communities
We’re beginning to plan for our reopening after our most challenging period to date. Whilst we’re proud of the ways we have managed to adapt to meet the needs of our community during a time when culture has never been more valued, we’re also aware that the pandemic will continue to affect our way of life for months to come.
Our most important consideration is, and always has been, the safety of our audiences. This means that we’ll only be running restricted capacity events over the coming months in adherence with social distancing guidelines, and will be focusing on developing a permanent digital programme of livestreamed shows to keep you all entertained and engaged from home. We are therefore expecting a continued loss from the usual income we would be generating through events and ticket sales, which makes up over 60% of our annual revenue.
We also want to devote more time to developing ideas which will support our artists, audiences and workshop members. We are incredibly proud to have been at the forefront of Manchester’s cultural response to the pandemic through our partnership with United We Stream, our online Bury Youth Theatre summer sessions, and our Artist Support Facebook series. We’ve begun livestreaming gigs, running online workshops for our members and looking into ways to partner with other local organisations to expand our reach and impact.
We’ve started to see this period as not just a challenge, but an opportunity. Coronavirus is not the only barrier to culture. Across the country, people struggle to access culture for health, financial and geographical reasons. We want to break down these barriers by providing more livestreamed gigs, a larger offer of online workshops and more engaging digital content to keep our communities entertained, inspired and engaged.
By donating, you are not only directly supporting our audiences, artists and workshop groups, but anyone across Greater Manchester who struggles to access culture. Our supporters are the key to expanding our accessibility, and making sure the next few months continue to look brighter and more exciting than ever.
If you’re not a regular customer of The Met or are having trouble logging in to your account but still want to donate, you can contribute to our Crowdfunder as part of the nationwide #SaveOurVenues campaign with the Music venues Trust by clicking below.