Music Venue Trust Announce Seven New Artist Patrons
Michele Stodart, James Bay, Ed Harcourt, Sam Duckworth, Ferris & Sylvester, Ren Harvieu & Roachford Join Artists Supporting Grassroots Music Venues
Music Venue Trust has announced a raft of new artist patrons who have pledged to support and advocate on behalf of the sector.
Michele Stodart, James Bay, Ed Harcourt, Sam Duckworth, Ferris & Sylvester, Ren Harvieu and Roachford have joined the already impressive roster of MVT artist patrons who include Sir Paul McCartney, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, KT Tunstall and Elbow among many others.
MVT Patrons come from a range of backgrounds and disciplines and are split into four categories: Artist, Broadcasting, Industry and Politics. During the current COVID-19 pandemic MVT patrons have played a vital role in raising awareness and funds through high profile campaigns such as #saveourvenues, which to date have raised over £2.5m for Grassroots Music Venues in crisis.
Beverley Whitrick, MVT
“We are privileged to have so much continuing support from the artist community who have always been amazing and generous with their time, advice and commitment. We are delighted to welcome these seven new artist patrons to Music Venue Trust who bring passion and a desire to support and help grassroots music venues through this extremely difficult period.
“I’ve been very fortunate to experience all sizes of venues, both with The Magic Numbers and also with my solo projects. We live in a different age now to when we/the band started, and in many ways those intimate venues are more important than ever. It was where it all started for us, the foundations of our music.
Many Grassroots Music Venues work tirelessly to promote and support artists they believe in, it’s not done from a money-making belief, which is the same spirit with which we create music… We all do it because we love it. It is an unspoken way of life. I am very proud to be a patron of Music Venue Trust and support their efforts entirely.
“We MUST fight to save these venues and many of the people’s livelihoods who work there. It is our duty as artists to all club together and put on a united front, for the sake of the future of live music. Thank you to Music Venue Trust, it is an honour to be asked to be a patron and I vow to help them and Grassroots Venues in whatever way I can.
“Grassroots Music Venues are the lifeblood of the UK music scene and I’m absolutely delighted to join Music Venue Trust as a patron, but also deeply, deeply worried about what is currently unfolding around the country. Venues have been shut for months now and the bills are mounting up – MVT have been shouting about this loudly. I will be doing all I can to amplify their voice, the work of MVT has never been as important as it is now as the whole of the live sector is staring down the barrel of a virus shaped gun.
“I can’t wait to get back out to play live again. It means everything to me. It’s also why I’m thrilled to become a patron of Music Venue Trust. I have always loved playing at the smaller venues around the UK and I often prefer seeing bands and artist play in the more intimate venues. This is where most artists start so without these venues music in the UK will not continue to thrive.
“There are not enough words to describe the importance of live music venues. Simply, without them, our world would be worse off. They are where we find hope, make friends, feel encouraged and feel safe to be ourselves. We must protect them at all costs and allow them to continue to be a bedrock of our non-working lives, by supporting those whose cherished work it is keeping them healthy. Live music is an ecosystem and Music Venue Trust are vital in keeping it protected.
Ferris & Sylvester
“We met each other as solo artists, playing the underground music scene in London. Spiritual Bar is an intimate folk/blues venue in Camden founded and run by the legend, Rafael Pesce. Since it opened, it has been a stage, living room, hangout and a home to both musicians and lovers of music. We’ve met some of our dearest friends there and it’s how we met each other. The bar survives on people’s love of music and desire to be part of something special. Especially in such a big and competitive city as London, places like these are gems and need all the help they can to stay open and thrive.
Together and apart, we’ve played so many unforgettable venues across the country just like Spiritual Bar, without which some of the biggest musicians throughout history wouldn’t get a chance to dig in and develop their craft, night after night. In our case, this has been the most important part of our development. The relationships, memories and comfort that can be found in these venues are priceless. It can be a lifeline for communities to have a creative, inclusive hub and we will continue to do all we can to keep these magical places in existence.
“It’s vital that we don’t lose any music venues. They are so important to every artist’s growth, learning how to really turn a live show from a good night to a great one.