Venues Day 2019 Sold Out

Music Venue Trust’s annual national networking event, Venues Day, has once again sold out. The 2019 edition takes place on Wednesday 9 October at Islington Assembly Hall, London and will welcome 550 delegates, including 200 venue representatives from across the UK. Venues Day is designed specifically for the people running the nation’s Grassroots Music Venues as a practical day of discussion, information, networking and celebration of the sector’s achievements.

Kicking off with a welcome from MVT patron KT Tunstall and a panel hosted by fellow patron Steve Lamacq, interviewing a selection of inspirational venue representatives to set the tone for the day, Venues Day also offers in-depth exploration of how venues can seek to find a balance between the demands placed on them and doing what they need to do. Get the Balance Right breaks these issues down into 3 key areas: Programme, Finances and Time.

How Grassroots Music Venues can best be championed and protected moving forward will also be explored through a series of debates about the past five years of Music Venue Trust’s work. MVT represents the members of the 573-strong Music Venues Alliance and this is an opportunity to discuss collective action and priorities for the future.

Elsewhere in the event, one-to-one meetings will be taking place between venue reps and booking agents (ATC, CAA, ITB, 13 Artists, Paradigm, Primary Talent, UTA, Pitch & Smith, Moneypenny), funders (Arts Council England, PRS Foundation), MVT’s Gurus (experts in areas such as Licensing, Planning, Acoustics, Business Rates and Legal issues) and representatives from PRS for Music who are attending to explain the new reporting initiative Setlist, designed to lessen the burden on busy venue operators.

Hakirit Bopari, MVA Member, The Crescent, York

Hakirit Bopari, MVA Member, The Crescent, York
“For someone like myself who is relatively new to the industry, it’s incredible to be able to meet other venues who are in similar positions, meet other promoters, having the opportunity to meet agents who, maybe you’ve talked to by email but never had the chance to have a face to face with – it’s really valuable. And also around talking about the challenges that are facing the industry as a whole. It’s really good to be able to network with people and have a collective understanding of the issues that are facing us.”


A full marketplace will offer the chance to talk with companies and organisations providing services which can help venues operate more efficiently or save money. Venues Day sponsors and partners will be in attendance – their generous support is what allows Music Venue Trust to run the event and offer free or concessionary tickets to so many venues. Support from Arts Council England means that copies of MVT’s manuals – How to Open a Grassroots Music Venue and How to Run a Grassroots Music Venue – will also be available free to delegates attending.

The 6th edition of Venues Day will be the biggest and most comprehensive yet, while retaining its focus on what matters – the Grassroots Music Venues.

Kelly Wood, Musicians’ Union

Kelly Wood, Musicians' Union
“Venues Day is vital. It’s gathered a lot of momentum over the years. We come every year because we see real value in it. We love talking to venues.”


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