Music Venue Trust Launches Pipeline Investment Fund Challenge
Venues Day Launch of Drive to Unite Key Stakeholders and Music Industry Around a Statement of Intent
In a slew of Venues Day 2018 announcements about Grassroots Music Venues rallying together to maximise their potential, including the launch of Fightback Manchester, a Fightback lager, two books of best practice guidance and a physical and digital map of all venues across the UK, Music Venue Trust used Venues Day to invite the UK music industry and key stakeholders in the grassroots circuit to unite behind a Statement of Intent to support a Pipeline Investment Fund to finally tackle the full range of challenges causing music venue closures. The Pipeline Investment Fund Statement of Intent is being sent to all major stakeholders in the industry, and is designed to move the conversation significantly forward on how best to protect, secure and improve grassroots music venues for the benefit of grassroots artists.
Announcing the Statement of Intent, Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd stated that the UK music industry must urgently come together to find a mechanism to support its grassroots artists through the network of 500 venues across the country that provide the spaces for them to perform.
Mark Davyd, CEO Music Venue Trust
In a thriving and expanding £4.4 billion music economy, UK Grassroots Music Venues have been closed down for the sake of £2,000 in legal fees, £10,000 of programming money, or £20,000 of infrastructure investment.
Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director Music Venue Trust
The Pipeline Investment Fund Statement of Intent is being delivered to all key stakeholders this week. The aim is to quickly bring together a consortium of voices committed to practical action, resulting in swift action and agreement to bring forward a deliverable plan that gets the investment required to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues.
Read the Statement of Intent:
STATEMENT OF INTENT
THE PIPELINE INVESTMENT FUND
We, the undersigned, are committed to the concept of the creation of a Pipeline Investment Fund within the UK Music Industry. We agree that such a mechanism is vital to the sustainability of our grassroots touring network, which we consider is essential to the future health of the UK Music industry.
Funds generated by the Pipeline Investment Fund should be used to support activity in the grassroots sector of the music industry to include (but not limited to):
1) Investment into modern, sustainable sound and lighting for Grassroots Music Venues to permanently reduce venue costs and increase profitability.
2) Investment into the physical infrastructure of Grassroots Music Venues, to address issues of access, capacity, health and safety, and artist facilities.
3) Acquisition of the freehold of grassroots music venues so that they can be placed into protected ownership and permanently leased back to local communities.
4) Support for new and emerging artist touring costs through a grant application process.
5) Creation of a training and apprenticeship programme for support roles within grassroots music venues.
6) Support for central legal, licensing and planning advice related to music venues, and for campaigns to ensure that future legislation recognises the economic, cultural and social value of those venues.
The fund would be administered by the established UK registered charity Music Venue Trust. The charity will establish advisory boards from within the UK music industry to guide and oversee its investments in each of the chosen areas. The charity will provide a full, annual, public report on all income and expenditure related to the Pipeline Investment Fund.
We acknowledge that the creation of the Pipeline Investment Fund requires consensus across the live music industry, from arenas, stadiums, concert halls, promoters, agents, managers and artists. In the event this consensus is reached, we are committed to delivering our agreement to this programme.