Source: Cafe OTO.
For over a decade OTO has been presenting a back-to-back seven-day a week programme of some of the most exciting music being created today. A vast number of musicians and audiences have come through our doors over that time. In the first few years of Cafe OTO we scraped by on equipment we had begged and borrowed. Musicians showed extraordinary generosity in donating bits of equipment and we brought bits and pieces as and when we could. Then about seven years in we did a small fundraiser that enabled us to buy a few essentials but there has always remained a huge discrepancy between the ambition and scale of our programme and the equipment we have to present it.
We recently tried to redress this imbalance by applying to Arts Council England for a capital grant and we’re extremely grateful to them for supporting us and awarding the grant. As part of that agreement we have to raise an additional £21,200 ourselves.
We are running an auction to help raise some of that money. You can either bid in person at the live event at Cafe OTO on the 21st of March or if you can’t attend you can put a silent bid in via the lot listings below.
Donating to a cause like this will also help the venue survive should it have to close for a few weeks.