Venues Day 2017
Venues Day 2017 was at Ministry of Sound, London, 17th October 2017, 9:30am – 6:00pm
Venues Day 2016
Venues Day 2016 was at The Roundhouse, London, 18th October 2016, 9:30am – 6:00pm
FIGHTBACK was at The Roundhouse, London, 18th October 2016, 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Including GMVs in reports on UK Music
MVT on Tour
Negotiation with PRS for Music
Changing UK Law to benefit GMVs
Achieving a change to UK law to protect GMVs: from 6 April 2016, local planning authorities have to consider noise impacts on new residents from existing businesses under an amended permitted development right (i.e. you cannot build near a music venue without mitigating the potential noise within your own plans).
Establishing TAMVA, the Trade Association of the Music Venues Alliance, which offers preferential and exclusive deals for members for an annual membership fee.
Venues Day 2015
Delivering Venues Day 2015 at Ministry of Sound on 20 October 2015. Over 150 venues were represented among the 350 delegates; guest speakers included MPs, key figures from the music industry and Steve Lamacq from BBC Radio 6 Music. A series of panels and workshops on the themes of Business Up/Costs Down offered practical solutions for venues to strengthen their business.
Campaigning for the benefit of UK Grassroots Music Venues
An ongoing series of meetings with DCMS, MPs and Lords, music industry associations, legal and financial bodies to seek improvements for GMVs.
Consultation – City of Edinburgh Council
Consulting for City of Edinburgh Council to try and improve relations between it and the city’s music community, resulting in a report (MVT Edinburgh Report) issued 20 October 2015 which calls for direct action by Edinburgh City Council to protect and secure its live music venues.
Conferences & Reports
Speaking at international conferences to present the situation for venues in the UK and participating in international research reports such as Music Canada’s The Mastering of a Music City.
Defining Grassroots Music Venues
Creating a definition of what constitutes a Grassroots Music Venue (GMV), internationally accepted as the most robust definition of such venues to date.
Mayor of London’s Venues Taskforce
Leading the Mayor of London’s Venues Taskforce to halt the decline of music venues in the capital and delivering the report (London’s Grassroots Music Venues Rescue Plan) issued on 19 October 2015 which calls for changes to licensing, planning, regulation and business terms which will all benefit London venues and act as an example to the rest of the UK.
Grassroots Investor Programme
Instigating a Grassroots Investor Programme to raise money to work on behalf of the network of small venues across the UK.
‘Agent of Change’ petition
A petition, fronted by Frank Turner, to call for the adoption of Agent of Change, has been signed by over 31K people and the concept is now being widely discussed at various levels of government across the UK.
Understanding Small Music Venues report 2015
Conducting extensive research into UK Grassroots Music Venues, culminating in the Understanding Small Music Venues report, launched in Parliament in March 2015.
Venues Day 2014
Successfully delivering the first ever networking event for small venues, Venues Day 2014 at Southbank Centre, London on 9 December 2014. This event brought together representatives from over 120 venues across the UK and led to the formation of the Music Venues Alliance.