You may already know that small music venues are disappearing. The labour of love it is to put on concerts is being made even more difficult because of the huge cost of getting a licence from PRS to put on live music.
My friends Keo and Mike O'Dwyer at Cwtch Coffee and Art Gallery have just had £848 taken from their bank balance by PRS and they are struggling to afford to keep going. I know from first hand experience how incredibly hard they work to add so much to their community of Pembroke Dock. They provide a warm and welcoming space not only for bands to play but for local artists to exhibit and sell their work and for people young and old to go and socialise over a great cup of coffee and lovely food. It would break my heart to see Mike and Keo at Cwtch have to give up being a live venue because of the high cost of a music licence. In this world that increasingly celebrates greed and self-interest, we need the kind of people who selflessly give up their time and put on these concerts that give a place for musicians to play and for people to be able to come and enjoy live music in an intimate and affordable setting in their area. Please consider donating to help them cover the PRS licence and continue being a small live music venue, thank you very much!
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