Slaves, The Anchoress, and Charlotte Hatherley Announced as New Artist Patrons for Music Venue Trust

Jeremy Pritchard (Everything Everything) Joins MVT Board as Trustee

Artists from across the music industry continue to show their support for the work of Music Venue Trust, with three brand new patrons coming on board to throw their weight behind the campaign to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues. Slaves, Charlotte Hatherley and Catherine Anne Davies are the latest artists stepping up to add their voices to the growing calls for action on venue closures. And to highlight the need for artists and venues to work together, Jeremy Pritchard of Everything Everything is stepping up to take a place on the Board of Music Venue Trust as the first Artist Trustee.

Jeremy Pritchard: Were it not for presence of the Tunbridge Wells Forum while I was growing up, I very much doubt that I would be a professional musician now. The same would be said of countless other individuals who have been inspired and nurtured by similar community live music venues – Southampton Joiners, Bristol Thekla, Oxford Jericho, Manchester Night and Day, Hull Welly, Newcastle Cluny, etc. The UK music industry needs to do more to support its live grassroots, and government needs to recognise that the health and future prosperity of this important British Industry relies on us nurturing these seeds.”

Artists and Venues Working Together

Music Venue Trust believes that the people who run the nation’s Grassroots Music Venues do so because they want to offer artists a platform to grow as performers and connect with audiences. The relationship between musicians and venues is fundamental.

Beverley Whitrick: “From the outset, we have been proud to number artists among our patrons and are delighted that support from this community is growing, with three new patrons and the first musician stepping up to represent his fellow artists as a trustee of the charity.”

The New Patrons

Both Charlotte and Catherine experience the contrast between large and small venues in terms of the quality of experience for performers due to a lack of available cash to invest in GMVs. They tour with big name acts such as Birdy and Simple Minds, then in smaller venues when playing solo.

Catherine Anne Davies (The Anchoress): “Grassroots and Independent venues are the classrooms in which musicians learn and hone their craft as well as providing vital social spaces for audiences throughout the country. It is our duty as artists to preserve these spaces, not only to safeguard the heritage and future health of our culture as a nation, but also to continue to provide alternative social spaces in which people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures can explore and express themselves safely and freely.
Slaves: “Without Grassroots Venues we would never be where we are. They are crucial for new bands in so many ways. Support your local venues!”

Charlotte Hatherley: “I’ve been a touring musician for 20 years now both as a solo artist and as a session guitarist for a number of bands. I was 15 when I joined my first band and we played pretty much every small London rock venue. Many of those venues sadly no longer exist. Touring continues to be a major part of my life and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to support the Music Venue Trust in their vital work in protecting grassroots venues.”

Special Focus on Artists at Venues Day 2017

Venues Day 2017 on Tuesday 17 October in London will further explore the synergy between artists and Grassroots Music Venues with a series of panels discussing common concerns. Each panel will feature musicians, venue representatives and other voices pertinent to the themes. A very limited number of tickets for Venues Day 2017 are still available from

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