Music Venue Trust Lastest News

Alongside the work we are doing at a United Kingdom level, Music Venue Trust is continuing to try to engage with all levels of regional and national work. We really hope to support this through a network of regional co-ordinators so that you have better access to an MVT spokesperson close to you, but in the meantime, here’s an update on what’s happening in each of the four nations.

A big thanks to all the venues that turned out for our recent Scottish Venues meeting. We found it to be a really useful day of ideas and information and hope you did too.

The day was given a particular focus by movements around the Planning (Scotland) Bill which resulted in Mark, Beverley and others making a dash for Holyrood the following day, resulting in last minute amendments to the bill which finally bring real, strong, protection to Scotland’s Grassroots Music Venues.

We are also happy to report that our submission to the Scottish Parliament’s review of Cultural Funding resulted in Nick Stewart giving verbal evidence on MVT‘s behalf, in which we were once again able to press the case that Grassroots Music Venues aren’t asking to be treated exceptionally; we just want our venues to be treated as an equally important part of the cultural fabric alongside theatres, arts centres, museums etc.

The same intention was written through our official submission to the Non-Domestic Business Rates Inquiry. It’s great that questions are being asked but it does mean we are writing a lot of reports!


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Posted by Music Venue Trust on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Read our submission to Scottish Parliament Arts Funding Review here.

Watch Nick’s Evidence Session here:

Read the transcript of Nick’s Evidence here.

There is a new Facebook group specifically to support those of you making an application to the Arts Council England Grassroots Music Funding. Join it here.

Mark has been trying to speak to every single venue thinking about making an application. He’s managed 78 so far and has 14 more to speak to. Apologies to those of you he hasn’t managed to connect with yet.

Business Rates continue to be a significant problem; there is a review of these going on at the moment and MVT has worked with UK Music to deliver a robust response. There is an All-Party Parliamentary Group hearing about music venues on 15 July, MVT plans to attend.

MVT submitted evidence to the Welsh Government Live Music Inquiry, highlighting that Grassroots Music Venues are being ignored in funding distribution, that Business Rates are crushing vital music venues, and that right across legislation, policy and the funding framework, much more work is needed in Wales.

A Welsh mapping project of Grassroots Music Venues was awarded to Landsker. This mapping project includes ‘creating a definition of Grassroots Music Venues in Wales based upon the Music Venue Trust definition’. We have highlighted to Welsh Government that we do not have the capacity to engage with this process. We will review the definition and the map when it emerges.

Welsh Government has agreed ‘in principle’ to fund a Music Venues Alliance Wales co-ordinator. After two years of discussion, we hope to appoint someone soon!

Read our response to the Welsh Government Live Music Inquiry here.

In absence of a sitting government, the focus in the Northern Irish region has been upon working to establish a better working relationship with local government and other charities and agencies with shared goals within the region.

We have been offering support in Belfast City Council’s new Cultural Strategy statement, ensuring that the needs of our members are represented during the consultation stages of the process and hope to be invited to bring further support as the process continues.

Hospitality Ulster is keen to work with us in relation to bringing attention to out-dated licensing laws in Northern Ireland and the need to move to a system more in line with the rest of the UK and identifying the best ways to keep this on the agenda of what functioning government we do have to work with.

We continue to work in support of our members when they need us and develop new contacts throughout the region, identify potential partners to help us raise the profile of and achieve our broader goals.


The launch of our books on how to Open and Run a Grassroots Music Venue will take place on 15 July 2019 at City Hall, London. To RSVP please email [email protected]

Venues Day 2019 takes place on 9 October 2019 at Islington Assembly Hall, London. Save the date, more information will be coming to you in the next month.

If you haven’t yet already completed our Annual Survey we would ask you to do so via the links below.