Urgent appeal from The Save London Music Campaign

Dear Supporter,

I apologise for having to make this appeal. The Save London Music Campaign was set up in 2015 to campaign to preserve the musical heritage of London. We have assisted campaigns to save venues and have submitted information to a major parliamentary enquiry into live music. No one associated with our campaign has received payments and our website was set up by Amadi Digital for free and has been administered by Mill Hill Music Complex for free. Neither organisation has sought any financial compensation or sought to profit from the arrangement.

For a period in 2015/6, an unpaid intern, keen to assist with the campaign and learn about the music industry spent several hours a week assisting the campaign and putting together news articles for our site. These generally linked to news stories in other publications. One of these was an article in the Guardian, detailing the closure of Madame Jojo’s nightclub in Soho. The intern contacted the nightclub and asked if there was any way the Save London Campaign could assist. The nightclub asked us to do what we could to publicise the situation and stated that we had their permission to use their image in any articles on our website.

Several weeks ago, the campaign was contacted by PA Images, a company that licenses photographs to media publications, stating that the Save London Music Campaign had used images without permission. The article put together by the intern contained two photographs of Madame Jojo’s, which PA Images owned the copyright for. The company demanded a total of £188 for use of the images.

Whilst the Save London Music Campaign is a keen supporter of intellectual copyright, given the across the board support that the campaign has received from creative industries, we assumed that when the situation was explained, PA Images would waive the usual fee, in support of our campaign.

Given that the photographers who create the wealth of creative organisations such as PA need venues (such as Madame Jojo’s) to earn a living, it seemed to us to be quite reasonable for a campaign that has no income and no funds to ask for the fee to be waived, and an expression of support from PA Images. Whilst they are a business and it is their absolute right to not support the campaign, we were disappointed when they stated that they would absolutely not waive their fee. There was no expression of support for our campaign either.

As the campaign has no funds, we now need to raise the money to pay these fees. We are asking all of our supporters to make a small donation to the campaign. We are asking anyone who cares about Live music and the London music scene to donate £5 via paypal to our appeal.

Please send donations to SaveLondonMusic @ Gmail.Com  (remove the spaces around the @). As we are making this appeal, we are also hoping to raise a further £50 to make ‘Save London Music’ badges and if we hit our target, we will send everyone who donates a free badge. The campaign is in the process of launching a new site, detailing the history of Londons music venues. Please watch this space for more details. We have set up the site and we will soon be asking for memories and pictures (although not from PA Imges or their associates!) to build a world class site of memories of the London Music Scene

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