Agent of Change becomes law in Scotland
Provisions in the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 come into force on 20 Dec 2019, making Scotland the first UK country where Grassroots Music Venues are protected from new developments by law. This means developers MUST now consider the potential impact on an existing venue and be responsible for mitigating any harm before they can gain planning permission. In England and Wales Planning Policy dictates that this SHOULD happen, but we are delighted that MSPs listened to advice and went further with this.
In other positive Scottish news, MVT gave evidence to Scottish Parliament’s Arts Funding Inquiry and is mentioned in the report and recommendations launched this month.
Ciaran Smyth (Voodoo Belfast) and Charlotte Dryden (Oh Yeah Centre) will represent GMVs on the Belfast City of Music Working Group.
And MVT will be keynote speakers at Output 2020 for the first time.
Both MVT and venue representatives gave evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Arts Funding to explain the case for support.
Launch of How to Open & How to Run a Grassroots Music Venue Books
In partnership with Ticketmaster and the Mayor of London, MVT created 2 manuals, available as open access downloadable PDFs from the MVT & GLA websites. Physical copies of our books were printed by Ticketmaster for the launch in July and then, thanks to funding from ACE, a further print run enabled us to give them to Venues Day 2019 delegates. The books are accompanied by Resources on the MVT website which will be regularly updated.
Fightback: Grassroots Promoter – Phase 2
In partnership with PRS Foundation, a 2nd phase of this training/mentoring programme launched, encouraging women and gender minorities to break into promoting live music. 39 participants will receive training in January 2020.
A Manifesto for Grassroots Music Venues 2019 has impact on party manifestos
All major political parties, apart from the SNP, included pledges to support GMVs in their manifestos. We will be reminding the new Government of their pledge to reduce Business Rates for GMVs. Read the Manifesto For Grassroots Music Venues 2019 here.
Sources of Financial Support
Work on the Pipeline Investment Fund continues but in May Ticketmaster, AEG Europe and Live Nation announced their support, including 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 and donation options on ticketing across a huge number of events.
Ticketmaster shared the news that venues which utilise the bespoke Grassrootsvenues.tickets platform designed in association with MVT have this year (to end of November) received £65K back from ticket sales through the Maintain & Sustain element of the ticketing package.
Donations are vital to our work, particularly the Emergency Response Service which is now managed for MVT by Clara. Notable donors in 2019 include Jack Daniel’s, The O2, Strings & Things Ltd, Fightback Lager and Manchester Academy. Thanks also go to everyone else who donated, fundraised or sponsored our activities.