Venues Day 2016: 18 Oct, Roundhouse, London

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Music Venue Trust is delighted to announce that Venues Day 2016 will take place on Tuesday 18 October at Roundhouse, London from 10:30am – 6:00pm.

A national networking event for Grassroots Music Venues and related professions.

A full programme of panels, sessions, workshops, one-to-one advice and opportunities to talk to people who understand the sector and are offering ways to help you and your venue.

Tickets are now SOLD OUT.

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Message from Beverley

Beverley Whitrick of MVT said: “We’ve been working hard in the lead up to Venues Day to ensure that this event provides a real opportunity to Grassroots Music Venues to come down, learn or share something, and to go back afterwards and make a genuine change or improvement to their business which helps to protect, secure and improve it in the future.

Everyone involved in Music Venue Trust comes from a practical background of involvement with actually delivering culture, and we want to make sure that what we offer on Venues Day reflects that; it’s not a meaningless talking shop, it’s an opportunity to do something which actually makes things better for your venue, artists and audiences.”



Registration & Coffee

Where: Made & Torquil’s Bar


Intro to Venues Day 2016

Where: Main Space



Where: Main Space & Live Streamed onto Screens for Latecomers
Chaired by Adam Sherwin, The Independent
Jo Dipple, UK Music
Ed Vaizey MP
Lord Tim Clement Jones CBE
Laura Dyer, Arts Council England
Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6 Music
Mark Davyd, Music Venue Trust

Read Press Release here.



Where: Lunch bags available from Made / Torquil’s Bar




Louder than War presents Music Industry Issues

Where: Sackler Space
Chaired by John Robb


Music Industry Issues: Promoters & Venues

With Stuart Galbraith (Kilimanjaro), John Cornwell (SJM), Mike Jones (MJR), Mandy Betts (Southampton Joiners), Kate Hewett (The Harley, Sheffield), Jeff Horton (100 Club)


Music Industry Issues: Agents & Venues

With Steve Zapp (ITB), Phyllis Belezos (ITB), Bex Majors (CAA), Lisa Musso (Sanctuary Rock Bar, Burnley), Rob Toogood (Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff), Tim Hornsby (York Fibbers)


Music Industry Issues: Artists/Managers & Venues

With Sam Duckworth, Mark Morris, The Anchoress, Tom Clarke (The Enemy/ Coventry Empire), Nathan Clark (Brudenell Social Club, Leeds), Dom Frazer (The Boileroom, Guildford)


Localism + Community

Where: Clore


Licensing, Local Authorities and Your MP

Chaired by Feargal Sharkey
With Kerry McCarthy MP, Niall Forde (Licensing, LB Islington), Cllr Jonathan Cook (LB Wandsworth), Nick Stewart (Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh)


Rates, VAT, & CICs

Chaired by Sarah Thirtle, Creative United
With Jeremy Mills (Mills Keep), Nick Wright (Altus RatesRecovery), Allison McKay (The Forum Music Centre, Darlington), Alistair Duncan (AAB)


Under 18s and Over 35s

Chaired by Sybil Bell, Independent Venue Week
With Dr Julia Jones (Found in Music), Phil Nelson (BIMM), Martyn Howell (Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff), Guto Brychan (Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff)


Localism + Community 2

Where: Dorfman Hub


Planning and Development

Chaired by Lohan Presencer, Ministry of Sound
With Jon Fox (Wardell Armstrong), Shain Shapiro (Sound Diplomacy), Richard Keating (Orms Architects), Naomi Miller (Union Chapel), Helen McGee (Academy Music Group)


The Art of Funding

Chaired by Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland
With Adrian Cooke (ACE), Vanessa Read (PRS for Music Foundation), Richard Robinson (HMUK), Sarah Morgan (The Tin at the Coal Vaults, Coventry)


How to be a Grassroots Community Hub

Chaired by Eamonn Forde
With Jane Beese (Roundhouse), Rebecca Walker (Sheffield Leadmill), Mal Campbell (Hebden Bridge Trades Club), Barney Jeavons (West End Centre, Aldershot)


Wait! There’s more…


Meet the Gurus

Where: Made in Camden
Bookable 15 min one-to-one sessions with experts. If you have not pre-booked a Guru session, ask at the MVT Info Desk for any remaining appointments


The Jack Daniel’s Social Media Hub

Where: Terrace Marquee
How to maximise your impact on social media, featuring presentations from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google


Ticketweb presents Grassroots Ticketing

Where: Torquil’s Bar
A new ticketing platform, a new comprehensive offer for grassroots music venues, developed in partnership with Music Venue Trust


White Light presents Focus on Sound+Vision

Where: Circle Bar In partnership with d&b Audio, Martin Professional, Shure & Yamaha, White Light offer an introduction to Sound & Vision; a new initiative on improving infrastructure developed by Music Venue Trust


Marketplace Trade/Information Stands

Where: Ground Floor Foyer + 1st Floor Foyer
Visit our partners’ stands for information on a range of services and products relevant to your venue


Complimentary tea / coffee / water

Where: Made Bar and Kitchen / Torquil’s Bar

We’re getting very near the end…



Delegates should grab a drink from Torquil’s Bar and make their way into the auditorium


Wrap up

Where: Main Space
Mark Davyd & Beverley Whitrick – Music Venue Trust



Map – Roundhouse Ground Floor



Map – Roundhouse First Floor



Map – Roundhouse Second Floor



Themes for Venues Day 2016

Since the first Venues Day event in December 2014, awareness of the precarious position in which the UK’s small independent venues find themselves has grown enormously. Music Venue Trust, the charity created to champion and protect the nation’s grassroots music, continues to lead this work and is putting together this year’s networking day for highlighting and discussing key issues around two themes:


Localism & Community

Bringing Down Venue Costs, Building Up Venue Reputation

Music Industry Issues

Venues Day 2016 to Tackle Music Industry Issues with Louder Than War


Venues Day 2016

is the only national event aimed specifically at the people who run small to medium scale independent music venues.


Venues Day 2016 Reveals Opening Panel

UK Music presents “Building on Progress”

Music Venue Trust is delighted to announce details of the opening panel for Venues Day 2016.

UK Music presents “Building on Progress” will kick off the debate at the national gathering of Grassroots Music Venues which takes place on Tuesday 18 October at The Roundhouse, London

UK Music has worked with Music Venue Trust to reconvene the much discussed Venues Day 2015 opening panel to assess what has been achieved in the last year and what needs to happen next.

Most of last year’s panel will return, with Steve Lamacq (BBC 6Music), Jo Dipple (UK Music), Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Mark Davyd (Music Venue Trust) being joined by Laura Dyer (Arts Council England) and Lord Tim Clement-Jones for a forthright discussion chaired by Adam Sherwin (The Independent).

Last year’s opening panel provoked fierce debate around planning, development, licensing and the role of cultural funding. As a direct result of comments made during the debate, Music Venue Trust, UK Music and Musicians Union worked with government to change the Town & Country Planning Act to protect Grassroots Music Venues. The review of licensing currently being undertaken by an all-party parliamentary group and how best to support music venues through the cultural funding mechanism are likely to be the hot topics this year.

Jo Dipple of UK Music said: “The economic value of music to the UK is proven. It’s cultural value, to our communities and lives, needs more vocal national and local Government support. You cannot have a bigger night time economy without a strong cultural base to underpin it. Grassroots Music Venues create that cultural base in our towns and cities. UK Music is proud to sponsor Venues Day. It acts as a unique platform to work out what venues in the UK need and what bodies like UK Music must do in terms of lobbying Government and Parliament. We’ve changed a bit of planning law. We need to change more as well as influencing political hearts and minds.”

Mark Davyd of MVT added: “We’re delighted to be working closely with UK Music in a number of areas protecting, securing and improving Grassroots Music Venues. The recent success with the change to UK law on permitted development rights shows just what can be achieved by collaboration, and it’s great to have Jo and her team on board again to help us bring together a panel which can genuinely take action to support Grassroots Music Venues.”


Bringing Down Venue Costs, Building Up Venue Reputation

Music Venue Trust announces second major strand of work at Venues Day 2016: Localism & Community

Music Venue Trust is delighted to announce its series of sessions at Venues Day 2016 which aim to give venues the information and direct practical advice they need to drive down costs, increase audiences and improve relationships with their key partners.

Localism & Community is a series of six panels featuring MPs, Councillors, Lawyers, Tax and Rate specialists, and a wide range of examples of best practice which will encourage venues to restructure, relaunch and re-examine how they manage key partnerships.

Beverley Whitrick of MVT explains: “One of the key things we’ve noticed impacting on the economic and political stability of music venues is a failure to pick up on existing opportunities which are fully used by arts centres, theatres, museums, libraries and other parts of the cultural sector. On VAT, for example, it’s been a running suggestion across three years of work that tickets in these venues should be exempt from VAT. A method to do that already exists, deliberately created by the Treasury to support cultural institutions and activities, but music venues aren’t set up to take advantage of it. In this series of panels, we are going to explain how to recognise and utilise such opportunities”.

Music Venue Trust has gathered together experts from across a range of areas including licensing, planning, noise, rates, VAT, company structures, ticketing, grant funding and politics.

“We’re aiming to make a big difference to how venues structure themselves, but also how others see them,” continues Whitrick. “Your local music venue is a cultural and social hub. We are going to give them advice on how to engage with local councils to make sure they are perceived that way, and advice on how being perceived that way opens up access to rate relief, local and national grants.”

Localism and Community will take place across six panels at The Roundhouse on Tuesday 18 October as part of Venues Day 2016. Panellists already confirmed include: Feargal Sharkey, Kerry McCarthy MP, Cllr Jonathan Cooke (LB Wandsworth), Rebecca Walker (Sheffield Leadmill), Lohan Presencer (Ministry of Sound), Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Sotland), Vanessa Reed (PRS for Music Foundation), Richard Robinson (Help Musicians UK), Eamonn Forde (Journalist), Jane Beese (Roundhouse), Nick Wright (Altus RatesRecovery), Mal Campbell (Hebden Bridge Trades Club), Guto Brychan (Clwb Ifor Bach).

Since the first Venues Day event in December 2014, awareness of the precarious position in which the UK’s small independent venues find themselves has grown enormously. Music Venue Trust, the charity created to champion and protect the nation’s grassroots music, continues to lead this work and is putting together this year’s networking day for highlighting and discussing key issues around two themes: Localism & Community and Music Industry Issues.

Read Press Release here.


Beverley Whitrick, Music Venue Trust

Beverley Whitrick of MVT said: “Venues Day is an important opportunity to bring together representatives from Grassroots Music Venues across the UK and discuss the things that are important to them. Each year we aim to move the agenda forward, improving awareness of the issues and seeking solutions to the challenges. Working with an esteemed venue like Roundhouse will attract further key partners to join us in this work.”


Jane Beese, Roundhouse London

Jane Beese of Roundhouse added: “In addition to being a world class performance venue, Roundhouse is committed to working in partnership with other creative organisations to help develop artists of the future. Opportunities for young people are at the heart of our work, so playing a part in sustaining the network of venues in which many will get their first taste of music, as performers or audience members, makes real sense to us.”


Venues Day 2015

Venues Day 2015 took place at Ministry of Sound and saw 400 delegates networking with representatives from leading music industry businesses, cultural organisations and advisors on issues such as accessing finance, insurance, licensing and legal issues. The sold out event was ‘headlined’ by a heated debate featuring Ed Vaizey MP (Culture Minister), Michael Dugher MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture), Jo Dipple (UK Music), Joyce Wilson (Arts Council England) and Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music).


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, Grassroots 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.

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For enquiries specific to Venues Day 2016 please call Beverley on 07809 155388 or email [email protected]




Each year, The Roundhouse works with over 3,000 11-25s, enabling them to realise their potential through creativity. The Roundhouse aims to work with young people who have been excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged by society, aiding them to find pathways back into education, work or simply to enjoy a wider cultural life. As well as this The Roundhouse offers audiences of all ages new and extraordinary experiences in live music, circus, theatre and digital.

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Latest News

Music Venue Trust is delighted to announce the final details for Venues Day 2016 which takes place on Tuesday 18 October at The Roundhouse, London.

The event, which is already sold out, features over 500 delegates this year, with more than 180 venues represented, 12 exhibitors, and 60 speakers spread across ten panels discussing issues such as planning, licensing, funding, music industry relationships, and audience development.

To complete the picture, Music Venue Trust will also be using Venues Day 2016 to make FIVE significant announcements on the day which will see the Charity move to act in every part of the sector to support its mission to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues across the UK.

To support those announcements, MVT has worked with a series of partners to create three brand new interactive areas at Venues Day, and will again offer an opportunity for delegates from venues to directly engage with experts in legal, licensing, planning, and acoustics to access one-to-one advice on any issues they are facing.

Jack Daniel’s Social Media Hub

The Jack Daniel’s Social Media Hub will see Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube making presentations and networking with delegates to tune up their social media presence to engage with audiences and improve their online presence.

Michael Boaler of Jack Daniel’s said: “The team at Jack Daniel’s are proud to be part of Venues Day again this year. It’s great that we’re able to use our relationships with Global social media and broadcast platforms to share ways that owners and promoters can better use their own channels without having to spend a ton of money on advertising. We’re passionate about amplifying great gigs to showcase the amazing work grassroots venues do in keeping the UK live music scene one of the best on the planet.”

Grassroots Ticketing presented by Ticketweb

Grassroots Ticketing presented by Ticketweb will introduce delegates to the next generation of the TicketWeb ticketing platform. In collaboration with Music Venues Trust and .tickets, TicketWeb has designed this client portal to specifically empower small independent venues and promoters.

Sam Isles, Managing Director of TicketWeb, said, “We have been servicing independent venues for more than 16 years, and we are passionate about evolving with venues to cater to their ever-changing needs. We look forward to debuting this ticketing platform at Venues Day 2016, and sharing how the platform’s technology will empower Grassroots Music Venues.”

White Light presents Focus on Sound+Vision

White Light presents Focus on Sound+Vision will launch a major intervention into Grassroots Music Venue support, providing delegates with an opportunity to discuss sound and lighting with experts from Yamaha, D&B, Shure and Martin.

Richard Wilson of White Light said: “We are very excited to support Music Venue Trust and be part of such an exciting event. White Light has partnered with strong brands that will help venues access quality products suited to overcome their current challenges.”

Meet the Gurus

Meet the Gurus returns this year with an opportunity for one-to-one advice from 9 experts on issues impacting on Grassroots Music Venues. Delegates can pre-book sessions for any specific challenges they are facing, from noise to vibrations, local authority licensing to a new development.