Like many cultural institutions, events and festival based venues and businesses, we’ve been dealt a body blow that has us on our knees.
Read our full story below, including the list of items we need your help with.
We've survived two GFC's
We’ve survived the 9/11 insurance crisis
But we NEED your help to survive COVID-19
Despite no income since March, our dedicated team have continued to work on The Blues Train business to ensure that when we get the Green Light to operate, we’re ready to hit the tracks again, bigger and better than ever.
Despite some State Government assistance, vigilant Grants applications, and Hugo T’s Superannuation injection, our bank account is almost dry. JobKeeper has kept our loyal crew going, but time is literally ticking. Bills keep adding up. These small injections alone, are just not enough to keep The Blues Train alive.
We can no longer do this alone.
We need your help.
June saw us hopeful and preparing for October trains, we were rostering staff and booking our artists for a Blues Train return. Unfortunately, a second wave began sweeping through Victoria, and dealt us with a second blow, extending our foreseeable chance to return to 2021.
We need monetary support to make sure The Blues Train sees it through the remainder of 2020.
We need money to fire up The Blues Train and, when JobKeeper dries up, to keep our loyal staff on board. Our estimate is, a minimum of $70,000 is needed to make this a reality.
Help us to continue to foster the next generation of Blues musicians.
Give, so our legendary Blues musicians continue to hone their craft.
Give, so our volunteer-run Bellarine heritage railway can continue to pull the legend that is The Blues Train.
From the bottom of our collective hearts, we thank you for supporting
The Blues Train and our live music industry.
Items we need your help with -
Help us pay the Rent
Six Month Total $9,000
Help us keep the lights on (Utilities)
Six Month Total $3,600
Help us keep the phones (Telstra)
Six Month Total $1,800
Help us with IT Support (Geelong Tech Group) &
Subscriptions to our online platforms
Six Month Total $7,800
Help us store our Blues Train equipment
Six Month Total $1,350
Help us with Marketing (Digital & Print Media)
Six Month Total $9,180
Help us with WorkCover & Insurances Premiums
Six Month Total $8,400
Help pay our Merchandise Sales Fees
Six Month Total $1,380
Help us with our Professional Fees
Six Month Total $5,250
Help us with Superannuation
Six Month Total $9,000
Help keep the Blues Train vehicles registered and maintained
Six Month Total $6,000
- Jo Lunn
- Deb Taylor
- Natalie Heslop
- Sleepy Hollow Blues Club Geelong
- Ainslie Brunt
Organizer and beneficiary
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