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Berlin clubs collected €1.5 million in donations to survive the Corona crisis

Berlin’s club scene has become a role model for the rest of the world, but the coronavirus crisis has deeply affected it. Only two clubs, Berghain and Tresor, have not yet started a crowdfunding campaign. According to a research, more than $1.63 million (€1.5 million) were raised from donors to help clubs survive the current crisis. Even small clubs were able to collect mid-five-digit amounts.



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The Berlin clubs have collected over $1.63 million (€1.5 million) in donations since mid-March. However, it is not yet clear how many clubs will be able to secure their survival with this money. With some exceptions, the funds must be taxed as a donation.

In these difficult times caused by the Corona crisis, the Internet is also proving to be a real blessing for Berlin clubs. In order to survive the period of the closures, many fundraising campaigns have been initiated. With UnitedWeStream, the Berlin ClubCommission has created an extremely successful platform for donations.

According to a research by journalist Thomas Vorreyer, at least $1.63 million (€1.5 million) have been collected in the meantime. Money that can be invested in rents, personnel etc., in order to survive this presumably very long time out.

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Not all donations were raised via crowdfunding platforms

Even comparatively small clubs like Rummels Bucht were able to collect mid-five-digit amounts. It is therefore worthwhile, especially for smaller clubs, to learn from the actions of the particularly successful crowdfunding campaigns and to address their regular guests directly.

Presumably, the number of donations is even higher, as many donations were made directly via Paypal or bank transfers and not via crowdfunding platforms. However, donations that do not go to charitable organizations such as UnitedWeStream will have to be taxed as normal.

Only the two top clubs in Berlin, Berghain and Tresor, have not started any online campaigns so far. Apparently, their savings are enough for a few months of time off. However, it would certainly help in this situation if these two internationally renowned heavyweights would also draw attention to the situation of many clubs, DJs, bar staff and bouncers with corresponding relief actions and collect money. Nobody will be helped if Berlin’s nightlife loses many of its attractions and formative figures after the end of the crisis.

Donations help, but will not be enough for everyone

Berlin’s club scene has become a role model for the rest of the world, and other countries are following suit. The streaming platform UnitedWeStream was successfully exported to England, where numerous clubs were also able to at least ensure their survival.

Presumably, donations will not be able to keep every club alive if politicians do not help with subsidies to bridge this time out. After all, the club scene is a driving economic factor, especially for Berlin. Every weekend, thousands of tourists come to the capital city just to party because of its unique lively subculture.

As a community, we can all be proud that so many of them are willing to donate their saved money, which would otherwise have gone into entrance fees, drinks and (and drugs), to the clubs.

However, now people should not let up and keep on donating diligently until the clubs are allowed to open again. This will most likely not be before next year, provided that there is a vaccination. After all, clubs offer fantastic conditions for the spread of a virus, and with a distance of 2 meters, nobody wants to go out and celebrate. So the world has to be patient for quite a while and be content with online live streams from the clubs.


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Daphne Freeman has worked in the crowdfunding and impact investing industry for the past few years, gaining experience in marketing, and connecting businesses and entrepreneurs in need with the right investors. As a seasoned grant writer as well as financial market journalist, she is passionate about making a social impact in the world. A free spirit, Daphne also enjoys writing and exploring topics of interest, currently CBD, health and beauty, and social media influencers.