Here at Liverpool Acoustic we’d barely begun celebrating Liverpool City Council’s decision to scrap its ridiculous and (allegedly) illegal anti-busking policy (see what we did there?) when the news came through that MelloMello, the not-for-profit Community Interest Company on the corner of Slater and Parr Street, is facing imminent closure.
The Council, or to be more accurate it’s Director of Finances and Revenues, has decided that MelloMello should no longer receive the 80% discretionary relief it’s received for the past two years and that it should pay the full £30,000 for the full year, plus any arrears accrued during the four months waiting for the appeal to be heard.
There is no way MelloMello can afford this extra money whilst still providing the same affordable services to the local creative communities. If the Council doesn’t reverse this decision MelloMello will be forced to close. It’s as simple as that. You can read MelloMello’s press release here, and SevenStreet’s follow-up interview with them here.
So, having won the Busking Battle (for now, at least) we’re wasting no time in rolling up our collective shirt sleeves and jumping straight into the MelloMello Mêlée.
We’ve set out a list of 10 practical things you can do to help.
And finally, feel free to use the SAVE MELLOMELLO graphic – if you click on it, it will open in it’s own window and you can right-click to save it to your own computer.
OK? Let’s get started then!
UPDATE – THURSDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2012
Things have been moving since we published this article. Check out the update here.
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.
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