Deal inked to keep Hermann's Jazz Club open
The Jazz on View Society has inked an offer to lease and operate Hermann's Jazz Club for the next five years.
The lease of the ground floor at 753 View Street will be effective May 1st, with an option to renew for a further five years.
The lease also includes the neighbouring View Street Social Club, and is contingent on raising $75,000 in the next 6 weeks for improvements and a deposit on the lease.
A gofundme page set up 20 months ago has raised more than $27,000, but donations are picking up again in the wake of the lease announcement.
This is an important step in implementing the Society's vision to preserve Hermann's amazing legacy." said Bill Turner, the chairman of the Jazz on View Society. "To also create a community-based centre, "Arts on View", for the performing arts in Victoria."
Hermann's Jazz Club was founded 38 years ago in 1981, by Hermann Nieweler, who passed away in June 2015.
Hermann moved the club to the current View Street location in 1986 when it was renamed “Hermann’s Jazz Club”. In 2000, the club was rebuilt after suffering heavy damage in a fire.