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Help Save Brixton Hill Studios From Closure by Writing to MP

MU members are encouraged to write to Brixton Hill MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy with their concerns using a template letter, as it faces imminent closure due to extortionate rent increases and lack of negotiation.

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By Natalie Witts-Kilshaw Published: 22 June 2023 | 1:29 PM Updated: 22 June 2023 | 5:44 PM
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The closure of Brixton Hill Studios would be a significant blow to the artistic community. Image credit: Shutterstock.

Brixton Hill Studios, a renowned independent recording and rehearsal space, faces imminent closure. This is due to extortionate rent increases and a lack of acknowledgement from the landlord to engage in negotiation. The MU calls for urgent action to save this vital cultural institution.

The closure of Brixton Hill Studios would be a significant blow to the artistic community, as access to spaces for cultural enrichment is crucial for the well-being and creative expression of artists in Brixton and the wider capital. The studio has served as a thriving hub for musicians, providing a nurturing environment for collaboration, experimentation and talent development.

You can take action - write to Brixton Hill’s MP

A template letter is available for concerned individuals to send to Brixton Hill MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy, expressing their thoughts about the closure of Brixton Hill Studios and urging her to take action in support of affordable and accessible cultural spaces.

The template letter highlights the immediate necessity for implementing rent control measures to safeguard vital artistic venues from becoming unaffordable and inaccessible. It also emphasises the importance of recognising these spaces’ instrumental role in fostering creativity, community engagement, and the cultural identity of Brixton.

View and download the template letter and find contact details for MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy here

Brixton Hill Studios is not an isolated case

Sadly, Brixton Hill Studios is not an isolated case. Similar spaces throughout the capital have either closed their doors or are currently under the threat of closure, due to exorbitant rent increases or the looming threat of redevelopment into luxury apartments and living spaces.

This trend poses a serious risk to the artistic ecosystem, stifling the growth of emerging talent and limiting the availability of affordable resources for musicians.

The MU firmly believes preserving and protecting these creative spaces is paramount. In response to the imminent closure of Brixton Hill Studios and the broader threat facing independent studios and venues, the union is urging musicians, artists, and supporters of the arts to take action.

We must prioritise the protection of these valuable spaces

Kelly Wood, MU National Organiser for Live, Theatre and Music Writers says: “We are deeply concerned about the impending closure of Brixton Hill Studios, a renowned and beloved cultural institution that serves as a vital part of the music industry and infrastructure.

“This studio holds immense significance for musicians, providing a supportive ecosystem where many artists forge meaningful connections and cultivate creative collaborations.

“We must proactively safeguard our venues and studios against escalating rent increases and prioritise the protection of these valuable spaces, which are essential for enabling artistic expression and fostering a vibrant creative community.”

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