East Londons Dona wins 10000 Back to Live Music Venue Prize

PRS for Music, the UK-headquartered organisation that represents the rights of over 160,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers around the world, announces late night mezcal and live music venue Doña (pronounced Don-ya) as the winner of its Back to Live Music Venue Prize of £10,000 for London. 

The recovery-focussed nationwide competition was launched by PRS for Music to give independent live music venues across the UK the chance to win one of six prizes of up to £10,000 and inject much-needed financial support into venues who are dedicated to improving live music experiences in their local communities. Chesterfield’s The County Music Bar (Midlands and North of England region), Carmarthen’s CWRW (pronounced koo-roo, for the Welsh region), Paisley’s The Bungalow (Scotland region), Bangor’s The Goat’s Toe (Northern Ireland) and Stroud’s The Sub Rooms (East and South of England) have been announced as winners of the prize, alongside today’s regional winner for London.  

Located on Stoke Newington High Street in the London Borough of Hackney, Doña is one of few woman-owned live music venues in London. As a venue allied to the LGBTQ community, with a focus on empowered feminine energy, Doña is committed to provide a safe space in which everyone feels welcome and respected, while championing a diverse selection of musicians, performers, and promoters. 

Doña founders Thea Cumming and Lucia Massey plan on using the £10,000 PRS for Music Back to Live Music Venue Prize to develop their stage area, from improving lighting and adding stage monitors for enhanced sound, to offering musicians guitar amps and a stage piano so they need not travel long distances with their own equipment. These upgrades will help facilitate a state-of-the-art live music experience for both performing artist and audience.


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