Music Venues Alliance 2018-05-02T16:39:19+00:00
  
Founded in January 2015, Music Venues Alliance (MVA) is a free-to-join, informal association of Grassroots Music Venues (GMVs) and other organisations and individuals who are passionate about this part of the music industry and have pledged their support to the work of the Music Venue Trust

Apply for Membership

  
  
To join, all you need to do is complete the form at the ‘Apply for Membership’ button above

Joining the MVA immediately makes you part of a network of venues across the whole of the UK. With over 400 members (as of March 2018) the MVA represents a significant proportion of UK GMVs so can speak with authority on behalf of the sector. We regularly consult with members to inform our lobbying and fundraising work, share information and resources and connect people. We also have an MVA Facebook Group specifically for peer to peer conversation – any venue member of the MVA can post a question and gather advice from the experience of their contemporaries

Non-venue applicants will be added to a mailing list to receive regular updates about MVT’s work

Venue members are offered a great deal more, with three levels of membership available each offering specific benefits which support your venue while asking you to interact with us and develop the network
  
  

  

Entry Level
Membership

  


  
Emergency Response Service
Regular email updates
Involvement in research
Invitations to events
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  


  
FREE
  
4 Pledges
  
  


  
Get the four Basic Benefits of membership of the Music Venues Alliance FREE by simply signing up at our website and committing to our Four Basic Pledges:

Reading our emails
Joining the MVA Facebook Group & interacting
Completing the annual MVT Survey
Using the MVA Logo


  
  
  
  

Active
Membership

  


  
Emergency Response Service
Regular email updates
Involvement in research
Invitations to events
  
MVA Insurance Package
Club Power MVA
MIA Affiliate Membership
Advice on Business Rates
The Loop MVA
Introductions to commercial opportunities
One FREE Venues Day ticket
  
  
  


  
FREE
  
4 Pledges
1 Commitment
  


  
Become an Active member and access six additional benefits by signing up to ONE of Three Commitments that directly financially support the work of Music Venue Trust:

Signing up to www.grassrootsvenues.tickets (Non-Exclusive Deal)
Stocking a FIGHTBACK fundraising beer
Organising a FIGHTBACK fundraising gig
  
  

  

Advance
Membership

  


  
Emergency Response Service
Regular email updates
Involvement in research
Invitations to events
  
MVA Insurance Package
Club Power MVA
MIA Affiliate Membership
Advice on Business Rates
The Loop MVA
Introductions to commercial opportunities
Two FREE Venues Day tickets
  
PRS Representation
Promo support from Ents24


  
FREE / £500 pa
  
4 Pledges
2 Commitments
  


  
For venues that want to drive Music Venues Alliance forward, we offer TWO of Four Commitments for advanced services that support your venue while also supporting Music Venue Trust:

Signing up to www.grassrootsvenues.tickets (Exclusive Deal)
Stocking a FIGHTBACK fundraising beer
Organising a FIGHTBACK fundraising gig
Paying a £500 membership fee

  
  

  
Entry Level Membership

  

BENEFITS

Emergency Response Service

When a venue is faced with a threat from external forces we offer support from experts on licensing, legal, planning, acoustics, noise and tenancy issues. In 2017 the EMERGENCY RESPONSE service helped 41 venues to stay open

Regular email updates

Regular information on MVT’s work, offers, events and chances to get involved and have your opinions heard. We also use the MVA Facebook group to update on news

Involvement in research

Our work informs Government, funding bodies and the Music Industry. Since 2015 MVT has changed the way that stats for the live sector are assessed, meaning that previously invisible smaller venues are now represented in market analysis by organisations such as UK Music and The Musicians’ Union. Our own research supports our lobbying work and has influenced both academic studies and media reports. The UK is also one of the leaders in international analysis of the cultural, social and economic value of GMVs

Invitations to events

• Venues Day – the only annual national networking event organised specifically for the people who run GMVs. Held in October each year with 500 delegates, the one-day event offers panel discussions, networking with other venues and music industry professionals, access to new products and expert advice. MVA members are offered one free ticket to attend (subject to availability)
• Regional Meetings – smaller meetings around the country, free to MVA members
• Training events & local meetings – when MVA members organise something on a local level, we work to ensure MVA members get a chance to attend

  

REQUIREMENTS

Read the email updates we send you

It will only take 5 minutes every couple of weeks and you will learn things! Ignoring our emails means you will miss out on offers and opportunities that could save or make you money

Join the MVA Facebook Group and interact

We know you are busy but please check in on the Facebook Group occasionally, and if you need advice you can ask colleagues from across the UK

Complete the MVT Survey once a year

30 minutes of your time helps us to help you. We made a pledge at Venues Day 2017 to combine questions we have with those from partner organisations and ask you once a year rather than over and over because we know how busy you are. We need you to give us this information to represent your interests

Use the MVA logo

Add the MVA logo to your email footer, website and other comms:
The more people see the logo, the more they will understand that the MVA is a growing force.
There’s a large one here and a small one for emails here:

  
  

  
Active Membership

  

BENEFITS

All of the above, plus:

MVA Insurance Package

Access to a NEW bespoke Insurance Package for GMVs, offering substantial savings with all the cover you need

Club Power MVA

Access to assistance from Club Power, a Business Utilities Broker, which offers to find you the best market price for your Gas, Electricity and Water services for free. At least 25% of businesses are out of contract and in some cases paying double of those in a contract. Club Power will check your utility bills and find the best market price, saving up to 30% off your bill

MIA (Music Industries Association) Affiliate Membership

As the trade body for the UK music instrument industry, the MIA has long seen the links between thriving venues and the impact on music shops and manufacturers and have supported MVT from the start. MVA Active Members can sign up to receive the MIA newsletter which contains information and advice about running a business, financial compliance and employment law, as well as sector news. MVA and MIA members can also request introductions to develop local relationships to strengthen the music community in their town/city

Advice on Business Rates

One of the greatest challenges for many GMVs is the huge rise in business rates. We can help you appeal and reduce yours

The Loop MVA

Access to The Loop, offering training, advice and practical help with drug-related issues for venues

Introductions to commercial opportunities

MVT is being contacted by commercial enterprises with opportunities for the network of MVA members on a regular basis. As an Active Member we will send you information with an invitation to get involved

Guaranteed FREE Place at Venues Day

Preferential first access to Venues Day tickets, should we be unable to offer all MVA members free delegate passes

  

REQUIREMENTS

To access the benefits above, you need to sign up to these 4 Pledges:

Read our emails

Join the MVA Facebook Group

Complete the MVT Survey

Use the MVA Logo

  
Plus ONE of the following Commitments:

Sign up to www.grassrootsvenues.tickets

www.grassrootsvenues.tickets is the only ticketing package designed specifically for Grassroots Music Venues, using TicketWeb’s Backline platform. TicketWeb worked closely with MVT to create a package that offers the best price for customers while also making money for the venue and MVT. You do not have to be an exclusive client for this level of membership – simply put some of your tickets on sale with us. Every ticket you sell through GVT supports the work of MVT at no additional cost to you

Organise a FIGHTBACK fundraising gig

Help raise money to run the Emergency Response Service by hosting a gig at your venue. Find out more here

Sign up to stock FIGHTBACK beer

We are working on a product that will raise money for us and need venues committed to selling it. Every can or pint you sell will support the work of MVT at no additional cost to you

  
  

  
Advance Membership

  
We consider ourselves fortunate that a core of venues have actively demonstrated their support for the collective benefit MVT can provide by financially contributing to our work. We trialled a scheme called TAMVA but were not surprised when the take-up was limited because many venues felt they did not have cash available to contribute. We have worked hard to provide a shopping list of different methods of support, and rewards. For those able to, we ask you to consider Advance Membership, linking specific advanced services or opportunities that support your venue while supporting MVT

  

BENEFITS

All of the above, plus:

PRS Representation

MVT will handle all of your negotiations with PRS and support you with your PRS compliance. For venues that sign up to Exclusive package of www.grassrootsvenues.tickets we will handle complete head to toe management of your PRS compliance – Never fill in another PRS return again!

Venues Day

2 guaranteed free tickets to Venues Day

Promotional support from Ents24

An exclusive package of promotional support from Ents24 – a £1000 package of promo around your venue delivered direct to over a million subscribers

  

REQUIREMENTS

Sign up to these 4 Pledges:

Read our emails

Join the MVA Facebook Group

Complete the MVT Survey

Use the MVA Logo

  
Plus TWO of the following Commitments:

Sign up to the Exclusive Package on www.grassrootsvenues.tickets

www.grassrootsvenues.tickets is the only ticketing package designed specifically for Grassroots Music Venues, using TicketWeb’s Backline platform. TicketWeb worked closely with MVT to create a package that offers the best price for customers while also making money for the venue and MVT. Every ticket you sell through GVT supports the work of MVT at no additional cost to you

Organise a FIGHTBACK fundraising gig

Help raise money to run the Emergency Response Service by hosting a gig at your venue. Find out more here

Sign up to stock FIGHTBACK beer

We are working on a product that will raise money for us and need venues committed to selling it. Every can or pint you sell will support the work of MVT at no additional cost to you

Pay a £500 per year membership fee

This can be payable in a lump sum or 10 payments of £50 by standing order

  


  

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