Chicago music venue The Hideout raised money to help out-of-work bartenders, sound engineers, and door security representatives.
A Big Difference for the Small Guys
The biggest names in the business world — airlines, hotels, and amusement parks — have made headlines in recent weeks, but there are many neighborhood community gathering spots and event spaces that are hurting, too. The need for social distancing has forced small music clubs to close their doors, too. These intimate venues — with capacities as low as 100 people — operate on business models that require customers to show up nearly every night of the year.
As the bartenders, sound engineers, and door security representatives have found themselves with no work and no tips, fans have been opening their wallets with donations to campaigns on GoFundMe. For example, The Hideout, my favorite bar and music venue in Chicago, quickly raised more than $25,000 in assistance. Similar campaigns have popped up across the country. The stages at these clubs may be empty, but fans are turning up the volume on the power of giving. — David McMillin, associate editor