Mayor of London announces London Music Venues Taskforce
Music Venue Trust appointed to chair panel looking at the future of Music Venues in the capital
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced the creation of the capital’s first Music Venues Taskforce, which is to look at steps the city can take to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues.
The last few years have seen a number of high profile venues closing and there are fears that it could have a longer term impact on a sector that, as well as giving pleasure to millions of people, is worth around £1.6 billion.
“I am a passionate supporter of music in all its forms. Live music is part of the soul of London and live music venues have been critical to the development of artists who have gone on to become conquering global heroes. They are where we hope to produce not just fantastic music now, but the next Rolling Stones, Clash, Adele, Ed Sheeran, or Sam Smith. Music is an essential part of our city and the job of the Music Venues Taskforce will be to ensure London can support a wide range of venues across the capital and protect its status as the music capital of the world.”
Download a pdf of the press release here.
About Music Venue Trust
Music Venue Trust, founded in 2014, is a registered charity that seeks to preserve, secure and improve the UK’s network of small to medium scale, mostly independently run, music venues. We have a long term plan to protect that live music network which includes, where necessary, taking into charitable ownership freehold properties so they can be removed from commercial pressures and leased back to passionate music professionals to continue their operation.
Understanding Small Music Venues: An Interim Findings Report can be read online or downloaded from this link.
The report is in the public domain, please credit Music Venue Trust/Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Photos from Venues Days 2014 to accompany this press release are available to download from:
Photos are in the public domain, please credit Music Venue Trust/Pat Pope