MVT Achievements2018-04-11T10:13:36+00:00


Music Venue Trust is still a young organisation but we believe that we have achieved a lot, with the support of the members of the Music Venues Alliance, since forming in 2014.

Highlights include:

Agent of Change Progress

During 2017 and early 2018:
Welsh Government agreed to include Agent of Change in their National Planning Policy.
The Mayor of London announced that it would be adopted in the forthcoming London Plan.
John Spellar MP submitted a Private Members Bill to UK Parliament, leading to a commitment from Government to include AoC in the forthcoming National Planning Policy for England.
Scottish Government made a commitment to include AoC in Planning Policy and explore whether it could change legislation

Venues Day 2017

Delivered Venues Day 2017 at Ministry of Sound, London on 17 October 2017. Over 200 venues attended among the nearly 600 delegates to participate in new activities connecting with booking agents and tech companies, as well as panels about the issues that matter and common concerns for artists and venues.

It’s Time: Britain Deserves a World Class Grassroots Music Venue Circuit

MVT published five-year strategic plan in a full response to Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper and the Creative Sector Review.

National Research

MVT became partners in the first UK Live Music Census, funded by the AHRC, with Live Music Exchange, UK Music and The MU. MVT plays an ongoing role in other sector research.


A base for MVT in Northern Ireland was established with a member of staff based in Belfast one day per week, thanks to a partnership with Help Musicians UK.


A bespoke ticketing platform for GMVs was created in partnership with TicketWeb, offering the best deal for music fans in terms of minimal charges, for venues as a Maintain & Sustain rebate, and for MVT to provide TAMVA services.

Presentations to Parliament

Made presentations to MPs on Licensing and Access issues with long-term MVT partners UK Music and The Musicians’ Union.

Venues Day 2016

Delivered Venues Day 2016 at Roundhouse, London on 18 October 2016. Over 200 venues were represented amongst 500 delegates and panels explored Music Industry Issues, Localism + Community, Building on Progress and interactive sessions on ticketing, tech and social media.


MVT’s first fundraising concert FIGHTBACK took place at Roundhouse, London, 18 October 2016 with 18 artists who had stepped up to offer their support.

Emergency Response Service

Created an online form for any venue in the UK to complete to request help with noise complaints or threats from planning, licensing, legal or financial measures. The service connects venues with experts in the required field.

Including GMVs in Reports on UK Music

Ensured that UK Music’s research into the economic contribution of the music industry to the UK economy included data from GMVs for the first time, published in Wish You Were Here 2016.

Advising the Greater London Authority

MVT became founder members of the London Music Board and were key to the appointment of London’s first Night Czar Amy Lamé. In 2016 an updated map of venues was created.

MVT on Tour

Held 3 Regional Meetings across England (North, Midlands, South) and a Welsh Venues Meeting to discuss issues of importance with more focused groups of venues and develop the programme for Venues Day 2016.

Negotiation with PRS for Music

Ongoing negotiation with PRS for Music, representing the interests of GMVs across the UK following the Tariff LP review. This sector has previously been unrepresented in such consultation.

Changing UK Law to Benefit GMVs

Achieved a change to UK law to protect GMVs: from 6 April 2016, local planning authorities must 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).


Established 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

Delivered 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

Consulted 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

Since 2015 MVT’s CEO and Strategic Director have been invited to speak at national and international conferences to present the situation for venues in the UK and have participated in international research reports such as Music Canada’s The Mastering of a Music City.

Defining Grassroots Music Venues

Created 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

MVT led the Mayor of London’s Venues Taskforce to halt the decline of music venues in the capital and delivered 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. Since its publication, the report has been used as an example of good practice internationally.

Grassroots Investor Programme

Instigated 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, was signed by over 31K people leading to the concept now being widely discussed at various levels of government across the UK.

Understanding Small Music Venues report 2015

Conducted 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 delivered 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.

Launch in March 2014

Music Venue Trust was launched as a charity with a long-term aim of securing the future of the UK’s grassroots music venue circuit by raising the money to purchase the freehold of key venues within 5 years and lease them back to operators as music venues in perpetuity.

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