we firmly stand by those who are angered and in uproar over the death of George Floyd in the US. the ongoing BLACK LIVES MATTER protests, fights for justice and equality are movements we are fully supportive of. as a club at the heart of liverpool’s music scene we have a duty to be actively anti-racist. we must continue to read, listen, discuss and educate ourselves on racism, systemic racism and white privilege.
recent times and engagement with BLM protests have allowed us to reflect on how we operate as a venue and the action we have took up until now to do more for black communities. in reflection, it hasn’t been anywhere near enough. this has also led to conversations with peers and friends about what more we can be doing for all minority groups in music; which in essence boils down to everyone other than cis white men.
we will be acting on this as a music venue with immediate effect.
we have always tried to provide a diverse representation of artists across all of our in-house parties: meraki presents, archive and boogaloo. we will be continuing to improve this representation through our upcoming post-covid series of parties. whilst our in-house parties have always been at the forefront of our minds; externally promoted parties also represent the venue. so from now on, we’re engaging in conversations and offering assistance to all external promoters to ensure they’re considering diversity across their own season of parties. by doing so, we hope we can all move forward in a positive direction to make liverpool’s music scene a more representative one.
we will be beginning to conduct an annual review of diversity across in-house parties and externally promoted events in order to assess improvements year on year. our march ‘19 - march ‘20 review is available to view now here.
staff training will now take place every six months on the implications of the BLM movement and the subsequent effect on the music industry. training will also include procedural plans on how to react to on-the-night issues of harassment and discrimination. this training will be carried over to members of security staff who will soon be given a guideline document on how to deal with similar issues.
we will be implementing subsidised ticket costs for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to provide access to our programme for all who want to enjoy it. we have never intended to create any sort of exclusive environment at meraki and we hope by providing subsidised ticket costs more people will be able to come down to shake a leg. we’ve also set up a donation post-box on the bar so punters can donate to a free taxi fund for the most vulnerable amongst us; specifically aimed at vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community. if you feel you’re in either of these groups and need help with subsidised ticket costs or a free taxi home just drop us an email in advance or speak to our staff on the night.
future plans include working towards starting a programme that will train young black people to become sound engineers and programmers. the music industry is obviously very important to us and somewhere we feel we can make a positive difference over time. we will begin to offer out our space to local black groups and community projects free of charge or at a heavily subsidised rate where possible. this will be available for any activity but specifically focusing on music based activities, like after school DJ workshops etc., post-covid.
if you have any thoughts on this or you think we can do more please drop us an email: email@example.com
we’re by no means experts on the BLM movement and wider issues so please see the following for links to places you’ll be able to gain a much more comprehensive view.
discussing the definition of racism
akala on britain’s systemic racism
black lives matter card
BLM UK on itv news
buy black music on bandcamp fridays
email your mp template and mp finder
donate to blm uk
recommended instagram accounts to follow:
@Black Lives Matter UK
@London Black Lives Matter