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24th August 2020

The Show Must Go On: How we're supporting the UK's venues

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The outbreak of the coronavirus has disrupted virtually every sector of the economy, forcing the closure of established high street titans and tiny local businesses alike. 

While most businesses have now reopened, the live entertainment industry remains at an impasse, with most venues having been shuttered since March. Encouragingly, the government has now given the green light to indoor performances resuming in England, as long as social distancing can be maintained. 

Over the course of the summer, JPIMedia and our network of local news titles have stood right behind Britain’s reopening sectors through our #SupportLocal campaign. In June, we encouraged shoppers back onto their local high streets, and last month we championed restaurants, pubs and bars as they threw open their doors again. 

Now it’s time to give our support to the country’s world-leading arts scene as it recovers from this crisis. Our new campaign is called The Show Must Go On, and we’re using it to stand up for Britain’s venues and all the life-changing shows of creativity they host. 

We’ve rounded up some of the articles we’ve published recently to support this campaign, shining a light on the vital importance of theatres, music venues and comedy clubs to communities across the UK. 

1. Show Must Go On: Why we are fighting for our theatres & live venues

Fife Today

2. How theatres have stepped up to help others during COVID-19 pandemic

Pendle Today

3. Give, write, eat, drink - the ways we can all help our theatres and music venues

News Post Leader

4. Five of the best dance tours scheduled for 2021

Linlithgow Gazette

5. Why a much-loved theatre company is 'falling through the gaps'

Milngavie & Bearsden Herald

6. Big names speak out in support of theatres

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times

7. My first gig changed my life - here's why we must fight to protect our music venues

The Sheffield Star

8. How our theatres tell their story from the Tudors to the 21st century

Donside Piper and Herald

9. The theatre schools helping youngsters flourish and thrive

Pendle Today

10. Share your memories of venues with us and help support live theatre and music

Ballymena & Antrim Times

11. Bernard Butler on the toxic fantasy and tough reality of a life in music

(Halifax Courier)

We hope to see the entertainment industry back on its feet and thriving as soon as is safely possible, and at JPIMedia we’ll be doing our bit to cheer on its recovery, whether that’s through the work of our local journalists or our expert local advertising teams.

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