Berlin clubs initiate global fundraising

Berlin’s Clubs, event organizers and artists support each other in solidarity. On Wednesday, the 18th of March, they begin a joint streaming platform. In the upcoming weeks, Berlin ́s Clubs in cooperation with arte concert open their virtual doors daily to offer a program lasting several hours. Participants are kindly asked to make donations.

The Berlin Club Culture is facing it ́s biggest challenge in history. On Friday, the 13th of March 2020, the whole of Berlin ́s night life was officially shut down to prevent the spreading of Corona Virus. Therefore, about 9000 employees, as well as tens of thousands of artists are without work and wages and the many places that give Berlin part of it ́s identity face their ruin.

As a reaction to closing all Berlin Clubs and the rest of the world being in quarantine, Berlin ́s Clubs, event organizers and artists declare their support for each other. On Wednesday, the 18th of march, they begin the biggest digital club on www.unitedwestream.berlin, daily from 7pm on and from changing venues. Next to streaming Live Dj-sets, Live-Music and Live- performances, it will be a platform for discussion rounds, presentations and movies addressing all themes concerning our club culture.

#UnitedWeStream is an initiative by the Berlin Club Commission and the campaign platform, Reclaim Club Culture. We are grateful to have won arte, radioeins, ALEX TV and the Berlin label SUOL and ifbbw as cooperating partners for providing and maintaining the streaming technology. betterplace.org offered themselves as a donation platform. Visitors to their page will be asked for a voluntarily donation and in return receive a „Virtual Club Ticket“. All the streaming ́s income will flow directly to a relief fund which will support Clubs, event organizers and artists in need. And for this case, a specific criteria catalog has been developed, as well as an independently assigned jury to make decisions about the distribution of these funds.

Donation account:
https://uws.betterplace.org
Berlin Worx e.V.
IBAN DE 55 4306 0967 1179 9831 00
at GLS-Bank

Björn Lampe, CEO of betterplace.org: “As a company in the heart of Kreuzberg, we have always been closely connected to Berlin’s club culture. Not only do we appreciate the immediate neighborhood of the creative scene, we are also aware of the important role it plays for the Berlin economy and especially for Berlin itself. In times like these, we want to stand together and are very happy to be able to support the United We Stream initiative with our fundraising platform and our charity stream tools. “

Anja Caspary, Music Director of radioeins: “Radioeins supports the fundraising campaign wholeheartedly because the Berlin music culture scene is our lifeline. Reports and interviews with bands and musicians, artists and DJs are part of our DNA and we radio people can be found in the clubs and concert venues every night. In times of crisis, culture always struggles first. Therefore, it’s good that we can show everyone how they can help because it would be a great tragedy if the music scene did not survive corona. “


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For the last 20+ years, Damion has been an international touring DJ, promoter, touring agent, label owner, magazine editor and producer. He is currently the Group Editor and Managing Director of Decoded Magazine. Hear more at https://soundcloud.com/damionpell-1

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