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Funding Breakthrough For Grassroots Music Venues
Good News for artists, audiences and venues across the UK
Music Venue Trust, the charity created to protect, secure and improve UK Grassroots Music Venues, is celebrating a significant step forward today. At an event co-hosted by Arts Council England and Ticketmaster at The Great Escape, new money for venues was officially announced. Arts Council England launched their Supporting Grassroots Live Music funding strand – a ring-fenced fund of £1.5 million within the Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Grants for Grassroots Music Venues and promoters. Key figures from the Live Music Industry also presented advances with the Pipeline Investment Fund, explaining what initiatives are being implemented so far to raise money from the top of the industry to feed back into the grassroots of the industry.
To find out how to make a funding application for your Grassroots Music Venue click here.
Darren Henley, CEO, Arts Council England
Music Venue Trust and Arts Council England will be working together to assist venues to access this funding, ensuring that tangible improvements are made to the sound, lighting and facilities for both artists and audiences.
Alongside this major funding announcement, Music Venue Trust today announced the first breakthrough steps in funding from the live music industry to directly support Grassroots Music Venues. Representatives from the Live Music Industry have been meeting with Music Venue Trust since January to identify mechanisms for reinvestment in the venues which act as the research and development department of the industry.
Major actions agreed so far include:
- Use of Apprenticeship Levy funds to support apprentices in Grassroots Music Venues
- Guest List donations at major events and venues to support improvements at venues
- Donation options on ticketing across a huge number of events
- Direct donations from major companies to support the MVT Emergency Response service which rescues venues from noise complaints, licensing and planning issues
Andrew Parsons, MD, Ticketmaster UK
Phil Bowdery, Executive President of Touring, International, Live Nation
Emma Bownes, Vice President of Programming, AEG Europe
Discussions with the Pipeline Investment Fund stakeholders, governments and funding bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will continue across the next few months to deliver more options for the music industry to support Grassroots Music Venues through the Pipeline Investment Fund programme.
Mark Davyd, CEO, MVT