Sacred Heart Music Center Struggling To Survive The Pandemic

"The pandemic has really hurt Sacred Heart," said Mark Nicklawske, a member of the board of directors for Sacred Heart.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sacred Heart Music Center and many other entertainment settings were among the first to shut down at the start of the pandemic.

Now it is a big challenge to bounce back from the financial struggles.

“The pandemic has really hurt Sacred Heart,” said Mark Nicklawske, a member of the board of directors for Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth is one of a lot of local places people could go to enjoy musical performances or host special events.

The center has had to cancel dozens of concerts and special events like weddings since the start of the pandemic.

The revenue from these functions helps pay for maintenance and other expenses for the former 19th-century catholic cathedral.

Without the income, it is becoming harder just to keep up with regular utility bills.

“Our heat bill in the winter is usually $600 or $700 a month and that is keeping it a low temperature to keep safe,” said Nicklawske.

Other issues on the list of maintenance repairs include the need for new flooring.

Nicklawske says it’s disheartening having the center suffer through these financial challenges.

“It’s just been sad. Music is an important part of people’s lives and the Duluth culture. We have a great music scene here and we have been unable to stage world-class music and local artists because of the pandemic,” said Nicklawske.

The hope is through the power of fundraising, the center can recover from these financial strains.

The goal is to raise $20,000 to help the venue maintain through the winter.

Ursa Minor brewing has also created a new beer to help raise money for the center.

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