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Petition to Sadiq Khan

Save Matthews Yard

After the riots in summer 2011, I opened Matthews Yard to create a place for our community. We have battled for survival for more than 5 years and thanks to the love and support of the people from Croydon we are still going strong today. We have hosted thousands of events ranging from baby showers and birthday parties to weddings and wakes along with a diverse range of arts, cultural and community events including film festivals, political meetings, activist meetings, charity fundraisers, music gigs, comedy nights and so much more. But now we are at risk of closure because of developers who want to replace us with a housing development. Over 50,000 people have attended events at MY and hundreds of thousands more have passed through our cafe for an informal meeting, or to have coffee, cake or the best burgers Croydon has ever seen (as voted by you the people, in Time Out this year). Matthews Yard is a much needed central and independent focal point for community activity. The Impact Report available on the Matthews Yard website at provides much more information on our achievements. Regeneration in Croydon now directly threatens Matthews Yard and all the work which has gone into building our space. If planning permission is granted and the building is demolished without MY securing an alternative home then we will be forced to close in Summer 2018. To help Matthews Yard have the best shot at success and to ensure a lasting legacy, Matthews Yard has announced it will convert to a Community Interest Company and reinvest 100% of trading surpluses into delivering its community objectives. We now need the support of the Mayor of London to secure our long-term future. If you care about art, culture or community and you want to help save Matthews Yard, then please, please sign and share this petition as far and wide as possible.

Saif Bonar
6,314 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to Arts Council England

In the light of the cessation of NPO support for 'Jazz Services', we request Arts Council England enable adequate funding for 'Jazz Services' to continue their invaluable work for UK Jazz

Jazz Services have supported individual musicians, promoters and audiences throughout the UK, enabling enterprising artists and promoters to have their voices heard in the music industry. The loss or reduction of Jazz Services would be felt widely across musicians, promoters and jazz audiences. Jazz Services serves as an essential part of the infrastructure of the jazz arts community throughout the UK, crossing community borders. Examples of funding Jazz Services provides are: National Touring Support Schemes Rural Touring Support Schemes Jazz Promoter Awards Recording Support Scheme These awards directly enable venues across the UK to schedule and curate arts events. They enable independant artists across the UK to tour and record. They also enable audiences, (including rural areas) across the UK to be introduced to touring artists from outside their community. These are fundamental connecting infrastructures that have been established and maintained by Jazz Services (including their invaluable online database and directory), all of which would be under threat without adequate financial support. Jazz Services posted on their website:  "Jazz Services is obviously extremely disappointed with the decision.  This is a huge blow to the UK’s jazz artists, promoters and audiences, as without Jazz Services’ extremely popular and successful funding schemes – the National Touring Support Schemes, Rural Touring Support Schemes and the Jazz Promoter Awards among them - it leaves large portions of the country without provisions for funding and support for grass-roots jazz music." We the undersigned urge the Arts Council England to either reconsider its decision or enable alternative funding to allow 'Jazz Services' to continue their invaluable work for UK Jazz beyond March 2015.

emily saunders
6,336 supporters