Scotland

Scotland

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.

 

England

England
In May Arts Council England launched their Supporting Grassroots Live Music Fund at an MVT event at The Great Escape. MVT and ACE have worked together to help GMVs to apply to this fund – to date 140 Music Venues Alliance members have received this support (28.5% of MVA members in England). We are delighted to say that 72% of applications to date have been successful and this money will dramatically upgrade GMVs in the near future. Successful venues include The Macbeth (London), Louisiana (Bristol), District (Liverpool), The Hope & Ruin (Brighton), The Brook (Southampton), Ramsgate Music Hall and Paper Dress Vintage (London). Congratulations to everyone who has secured a grant and good luck to venues still applying or waiting for a decision!

 

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland
Relationships are being developed across Northern Ireland and the network is growing, thanks to Stu Fletcher’s hard work on MVT’s behalf and active members of the MVA.

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.

 

Wales

Wales
Ongoing talks with Welsh Government for sector support are progressing. We are optimistic that the launch of Creative Wales in January 2020 will lead to tangible outcomes for Welsh venues.

Both MVT and venue representatives gave evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Arts Funding to explain the case for support.

 

UK Wide

UK Wide

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.

Team MVT wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!