Music Venue Trust 2018-02-06T13:27:39+00:00

Music Venue Trust is a UK Registered Charity that exists to preserve, improve and protect UK Grassroots Music Venues for the benefit of venues, communities and upcoming artists.

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Music Venues Alliance is a free-to-join informal association of venues, organisations and individuals who support the work of Music Venue Trust.

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The Trade Association of the Music Venues Alliance is a membership-only subscription service that offers a fantastic suite of advice, deals, legal aid and other benefits.

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Read: Music Venue Trust launches FIGHTBACK across the UK
New website here.
Thankyou! The Wombats FIGHTBACK shows are all SOLD OUT.
Buy tickets for Bright Light Bright Light’s FIGHTBACK show here.
Buy FIGHTBACK Limited Edition handwritten & signed Lyrics T-Shirts by our MVT Artist Patrons at the Jackpot Store.


Agent of Change takes a huge step forward

John Spellar MP introduces a Private Members Bill in Parliament to make Agent of Change a reality. Find out more here.


Write to your MP

Find your MP here and write to them, asking them to support John Spellar’s Bill

Click ‘Send a Message’ and copy and paste this text or type your own similar message:

As a local voter in your constituency, I’m asking you to please support John Spellar’s Private Member’s Bill to introduce AGENT OF CHANGE into UK Law. Our local Grassroots Music Venues deserve common sense protections to ensure we don’t let bad development kill live music. Please speak up for this bill on behalf of your constituents.

Use Social Media

Take to social media and tag artists, record labels, managers, festivals and promoters asking them to use their public profiles to support this bill using the tag #AGENTOFCHANGE.

Suggested Tweet/messaging (copy & paste):

UK Parliament: Act NOW
UK Parliament Act NOW: Back the John Spellar Agent of Change Bill & protect live music
#SaveLiveMusic #AgentofChange

Agent Of Change is Policy D12 in London Plan 2018

With huge thanks to our colleagues at UK Music and Musicians’ Union, and a special nod to Jeff Horton at The 100 Club and Auro Foxcroft at Village Underground, we are delighted to announce that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched The London Plan 2018….. and policy D12 will introduce Agent of Change in our Capital City! This is the culmination of nearly three years of work by Music Venue Trust and our partners to bring proper protection for Grassroots Music Venues to the capital. It has been fought for hard on our behalf by Frank Turner, Save Soho, and a host of others. Thank you to everyone that signed the petition, that wrote to the Mayor, that fought so hard to protect our Grassroots Music Venues.

BUT… The fight doesn’t end there. We need this right across the UK. And we’re not going to stop until we get it. Read more here.

Venues Day 2017

View more Venues Day 2017 contributions from:

Steve Lamacq, DJ, BBC Radio 6 Music 2
Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director, Music Venue Trust
Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party & Shadow Culture Minister
Frank Turner, Musician
Amy Lamé, London Night Czar
Mark Davyd, CEO, Music Venue Trust
Michael Dugher, CEO, UK Music
Lohan Presencer, Chairman, Ministry of Sound Group
John Spellar, Labour MP
Sarah Thirtle, Director of Business Support Programs, Creative United
Olivia Sime, Booking Agent, ITB Agency
Be Charlotte, Musician
Phil Nelson, Head of Music Business, BIMM
Greg Parmley, MD, International Live Music Conference
Tracey Wise & Mel Kelly, Safe Gigs for Women
Steve Lamacq, DJ, BBC Radio 6 Music
Sybil Bell, Founder of Independent Venue Week
Stephen O’Reilly, Head of Marketing, IE Music
Gideon Feldman, Senior Project Manager, Attitude is Everything
Ves Hoper & Tim Hopkins, The Cellar, Oxford
Tony Moore, Music Director, The Bedford, Balham
Dilwyn Llwyd, Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda
Jonathan West, Director of Marketing, TicketWeb
John Robb, Louder Than War
Fiona Ellis, Operations Manager, DF Concerts
Jane Beese, Head of Music, Roundhouse, Camden
Simon Goodale, Tixserve
Remi Harris, Music Consultant
Santana Guérout, Programming and Events Officer, Band On The Wall, Manchester
Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
Dave Webster, Live Performance Organiser, Musicians Union
James Bruce, Programme Development Manager, Edinburgh Cultural Venues Group
Michael Boaler, Senior Brand Manager, Jack Daniel’s
Amy & Lorraine, Strongroom, Shoreditch & World’s End, Finsbury Park
Duncan Smith, Booker, Boileroom, Guildford
Derin Adebiyi, Public Affairs Officer, Incorporated Society of Musicians
Rob Tinkler, Popular Culture Manager, Cambridge Junction
Rhoda Dakar, Musician
Adam Green, Promoter
Mike Hamer, Operations Manager, Koko, Camden
Matthew Hall, Booker, The Lexington
Andrew Parsons, Managing Director, Ticketmaster
Gideon Gottfried, European News Correspondent, Pollstar
Lou Steaton, Artist Liason, Moles, Bath
Sean Adams, Drowned In Sound
Rebecca Walker, Live Promoter, The Leadmill, Sheffield

Find out more about Venues Day 2017 here

Watch the official Venues Day 2017 Speeches and Panels here.

Contact our Emergency Response Team NOW.

Sound + Vision – Music Venue Trust’s five year strategic plan to relaunch, re-invigorate and re-energise the UK’s Grassroots Music Venues.

3 Commitments required by the next government to protect, secure and improve the U.K.’s Grassroots Music Venues.

We are asking PRS for Music to drop their Live Performance Minimum Fee Tariff of £38 and apply the 3% Fee to all shows, effective immediately.




Time Out London: Sadiq Khan is changing the rules to save London pubs and music venues

Bristol Post: Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees promises to increase protection for music venues.

Arts Professional: MPs call for ‘agent of change’ principle to protect music venues. A debate in the House of Commons lamented a tendency for venues to close when the cost of soundproofing falls on them after residential property is built nearby.

Music Week: MPs urge Ministers to back Agent of Change principle.

PSN Europe: ‘Woefully unjust’: UK Music boss slams business rates as studios and venues take financial hit
Industry chief warns soaring bills triggered by rates’ revamp could forces venues and studios to shut down

IQ: ‘This will help London thrive’ – Met axes form 696
The controversial risk-assessment form, believed by nearly half the UK to discriminate against promoters of urban music events, is to be abolished after 12 years

Drowned In Sound: Overpriced beer and second rate cover bands? Independent Venues in crisis
Ever get the impression times are tight at your local gig space?

Bristol Post: Legendary Bristol music venue Thekla under threat due to housing plan
Its future could be in jeopardy if plans are approved on Wednesday

Aberdeen Journals: Aberdeen MSP campaigning to change law to protect music venues from noise complaints
Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has joined forces with campaigner Craig Adams, of the bar and music venue Krakatoa on Trinity Quay, to push for a change in national planning guidelines.

Billboard: Sony Music Backs Campaign to Save U.K. Grassroots Music Venues as ‘Essential Platform’
Music Venue Trust called the undisclosed donation a “game-changing” development and said it hopes it will encourage further financial support from the key players in the U.K. music industry.

Pollstar: UK Venues Day 2017: Five Takeaways
• Grassroots Music Venues Are Live Music’s R&D Department
• Live Music Venues Cannot Rely On Live Music
• Venues Need To Become Brands
• Data Matters
• PROs Need To Step Up Their Game

Live Music Exchange: Ten things learned at Venues Day 2017
• The situation seems to be starting to improve for the grassroots music venue sector.
• Efforts to introduce the Agent of Change principle into UK planning law continue apace
• Planning obligations, or Section 106 agreements, may also be a useful tool for venues facing threats from property development.
• Venues are ‘the R&D arm of the music industries’
• Data about the sector is the ‘currency for getting anything done’,
• Public opinion matters.
• Artists and venues reported ongoing concerns with PRS processes.
• The small venue economic model needs to be rethought.
• Even though event staff are ‘at the vanguard of counter-terrorism’, according to the Minister of State for Security, best practice for safety at smaller music venues is still in its infancy.
• There is still much to be done to address sexual harassment and assault at gigs.

Wales Online: Cardiff council is to buy land to stop developers wrecking city’s live music.
It is a huge boost for the Save Womanby Street campaign

UK Music: Measuring Music 2017 Report
Download the 2017 Measuring Music report here
New industry figures reveal surge in live and recorded music, jobs and exports to deliver £4.4bn boost to UK economy.

IQ: ‘You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”
The CEO of UK Music and former MP Michael Dugher discusses the overall good health of the industry – but warns of the problems besetting small venues

The Industry Observer: City of Sydney backs music venues with new $450K grant program

Oxford Mail: City planning boss vows to fight to save The Cellar

BBC News: ‘Noisy’ Darlington Cricket Club sparks neighbours row

IQ: Amsterdam noise law under fire as ‘fans louder than bands’
Dutch booker Wim Franke has compared the city’s controversial new 85-decibel sound cap to “asking motorists to drive at 50kph on motorways”

Wales Online: Victory for live music campaigners as government changes policy to support venues
The ‘Agent Of Change principle’ will now be introduced to Wales’ planning policy

IQ: UK Industry lambasts Arts Council over venue funding
The arts quango has been accused of ignoring live music after allocating less than 1% of its total budget through 2022 to popular music venues

NME: Owners of beleaguered venue Southampton Joiners appeal to you – ‘This is our last resort’

The Conversation: Small music venues are part of music’s heritage – we need to support them

CommonSpace: Robert Blair: The stranglehold on funding by the ‘fine arts’ threatens our musical future

Wales Online: This famous live music pub is reopening with vegan food on the menu and a tiny cinema

E London & W Essex Guardian: Live music looks set to return to The Standard in Walthamstow after planning permission for new venue approved

BBC Radio 5 Live: Will Gompertz talks to Mark Davyd about Arts Council England’s recent decision to not fund Grassroots Music Venues.

4/4 Culture: 4 reasons why small music venues are more enjoyable

Music Week: UK Music chief warns of ‘perfect storm’ facing music industry due to cuts to music in schools and the closure of hundreds of small music venues.

The Guardian: ‘More flats equal more council tax’: the fight for Kingston’s music scene

The Guardian: Small music venues are dying – blame the obsession with classical music

The Guardian: ‘Slap in the face’: grassroots music venues face closure as funding bid fails
Arts Council England accused of favouring ‘high’ culture over initiative to help small clubs

Aberdeen Press and Journal: Developers should pay to soundproof new music venues, says MSP

County Gazette: Man living next to beach in Burnham complains about sand


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