Support Urban Craft Uprising during COVID-19
As with so many many businesses, COVID-19 will have a serious impact on our own small business for a long while. UCU was born over 15 years ago in an effort to support creative small businesses. Since its inception, there have been so many changes, so much growth, and a lot of learning. We (Lindsey and Kristen) have been running UCU for the past ten years just the two of us and it has been a challenge but we have LOVED every minute of it. In 2019 alone, we grew our roster to over 35 events, and were able to hire our wonderful assistant, and we feel so grateful for that. We know this often comes as a surprise to many, but UCU (and all 35+ events that we organize each year with only) is primarily managed by us three, and under normal circumstances, it is a full-time job for us.
Ever since this virus has really taken hold of our communities these past few weeks, we have honestly had the rug pulled out from under us. We have had to refund money to vendors and campers for shows and events that we've had to cancel, while much of the money we typically put towards those cancelled events (such as advertising, venue deposits, etc.) has already been spent. Typically at this time of year we can rely on application and booth fees to provide the cash flow we need to fund the shows that take place later in the season, as our revenue comes 100% from vendor booth fees and sponsorships. That is no longer happening.
We have never had to ask our community for this type of help before, but we would appreciate anything that you're able to contribute to help cover our operating costs and keep us running until we're able to bring back the events that you all know and love. Rest assured, we are working as hard as we can to keep the infrastructure of our business intact so that we can hopefully weather this storm together and come out on the other side. We can't wait to see you again in person, and in the meantime we truly appreciate anything you're able to give.
Thank you so much!
- Kristen & Lindsey