Throughout my career I’ve been lucky enough to play in venues of all different shapes and sizes, from tiny clubs to massive stadiums all over the world.
Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different. I support Music Venue Trust because artists need places to start out, develop and work on their craft and small venues have been the cornerstone for this. If we don’t support live music at this level then the future of music in general is in danger.

Paul McCartney
18 October 2016 – Venues Day/#Fightback

Photo: Paul McCartney plays at the 100 Club in 2010, a historic Grassroots Music Venue that was threatened with closure.
Photo credit: ©2010 MPL Communications/MJ Kim

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An Open Letter to PRS Members about PRS For Music’s ‘Minimum Tariff’

Music Venue Trust is delighted and honoured to have received, on Venues Day 2016, the endorsement of Sir Paul McCartney.

Venues Day 2016 News

Live Music Exchange Blog – Ten things learned from Venues Day 2016 by Emma Webster – interesting analysis of Venues Day 2016 from Live Music Exchange, well worth a read.

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Other News

Join the London March to save Hackney Music Venue ‘Passing Clouds’ starting in Hoxton Square on 17 Sept at 4pm

MVT statements – one and two about the closure of Fabric nightclub in Islington, London

A small victory: Edinburgh Council agrees to relax their amplified live music policy from “to be inaudible” to “shall not be an audible nuisance” in neighbouring residential properties.

Louder Than War – What’s the future for grassroots music venues and touring?

UK Music: Measuring Music Report – Music industry contributed £4.1bn towards the UK economy. From the report: “In 2015 a total audience of 27.7 million attended live music events in the UK. In 2015 the live market showed a slight dip in its overall GVA contribution, predominantly attributable to a decline in grassroots music venues. It is essential that we must ensure the challenges facing this vital part of the music-ecosystem are addressed in order to secure continued growth and investment in live music. We need policies and investment to secure a platform for the headliners and chart toppers of tomorrow.”

Watch this important interview with Sadiq Khan about the future of live music venues and clubs in London.


M-Magazine: Steve Lamacq: ‘Music Industry should give back to Grassroots Venues’

M-Magazine: Artists and venues need to communicate more, Venues Day panel agrees

M-Magazine: Sir Paul McCartney throws weight behind Grassroots Venues

Billboard: Paul McCartney Backs Campaign to Save Grassroots Music Venues in U.K.

London Evening Standard: Everything, Everything and Ed Harcourt to play Roundhouse Fightback fundraiser

Guardian: Help us to save music venues like Fabric

Guardian: Five of the best… rock & pop gigs

BBC Newsbeat: Small music venues ‘are still not being valued in the way they should be’

BBC Newsbeat: Everything Everything will headline a gig to stop music venues closing

NME: Watch Stephen Fry attack “greedy developers” as he supports campaign to save small music venues

NME: Everything Everything to play “save live music venues” Fightback benefit

NME: Charity to save live music venues announces major concert

Virgin Radio: We’re talking all things VenuesDay with Mark Davyd from Music Venue Trust

Huffington Post: What Route Can Music Take Without It’s Roots? by Tim Arnold from Save Soho

London Evening Standard: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan says: “I intend to protect venues like the Curzon Mayfair by introducing an ‘Agent of Change’ rule into the next London Plan.”

Guardian – Close clubs like Fabric and the whole city loses out

Sunday Mirror – Mourning glory: Last orders for hundreds of music pubs that helped launch careers of top bands

MBJ: Crowding Out Live MusicIf you want a handy summary of the issues we are tackling, this is a good one. Well referenced and evidenced. Maybe try and get your local council to read it?

Wales Online – How to make music in Wales prosper, according to industry experts

IQ Mag – Small London Venues protected from developers – Wandsworth Council saves 120 bars & taverns using Article 4 Directions

Music Business Journal – Crowding Out Live Music

Consequence of Sound – Going to concerts regularly leads to a happier life

Music Heritage UK – The Court of Appeal have ruled in favour of East London music venue and pub, The George Tavern, by overturning a planning decision to allow new flats to be built in close proximity to the established venue.

London Live – Music venues generate nearly £1bn for London’s economy