Venues Day Hybrid Event Was A Huge Success

Well that’s a wrap on Venues Day Live & Online 2021!

Thank you to everyone involved. Our coordinators, volunteers, our partners, our sponsors, and to everyone that bought tickets and took part.

The live event was incredibly heartwarming, just what everyone needed, and the Online event was an absolute goldmine of brilliant peer to peer, venue to venue advice topped off with some outstanding input from our colleagues and partners.

It’s going to be hard to top this year!


The MVT Core Team at Venues Day Live 2021
© Katie Frost Photography
Lucy Stone receives The Outstanding Contribution to Grassroots Music Venues Award 2021.
© Katie Frost Photography


The Outstanding Contribution to Grassroots Music Venues Award 2021 was presented to Lucy Stone at the Sold Out Venues Day Live.

Lucy’s incredible work supporting funding applications and fundraising efforts during the crisis contributed to the survival of hundreds of venues. Prior to the crisis, less than 3% of venues had received any public funding of any type. Thanks to the work of Lucy and her team, 71% received support. Her work unravelling the process of application and supporting venues to deliver successful bids was not just valuable, it was essential.

Thanks to Lucy Stone, the concept of who is eligible for cultural funding in the UK has been changed.




About Music Venue Trust

Music Venue Trust is a UK Registered Charity which acts to protect, secure and improve UK Grassroots Music Venues for the benefit of venues, communities and upcoming artists.

Find out more here.

Music Venues Alliance is a free-to-join informal association of Grassroots Music Venues across the UK.

Find out more here.

Regular Donors

MVT would like to thank the following companies which support our work with regular donations:
The O2, Jack Daniel’s, Strings & Things Ltd., Fightback Lager, Manchester Academy, Jackpot Peanut Butter, Ether Tickets, Gigtix, TicketPort


Music Venue Trust is a member of the European network for live music venues, clubs & festivals Live DMA. Through this membership, MVT participates in the Live Style Europe project, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme.

Click here for guidance on reopening
As we emerge from restrictions each nation has announced key measures for the lifting of restrictions. While 2021 reopening dates remain subject to data, MVT continue to share the most recent roadmap information direct with MVA members. It is imperative that members confirm with licensing and public protection units within local authorities and Police as to their interpretation of the guidance as it is announced by national government.


Is your Grassroots Music Venue in trouble? Are you a member of the Music Venues Alliance? The Emergency Response Service will problem solve challenges that venues are experiencing by connecting venues with our team of industry experts.

We are working to #ReviveLive but that does not mean that all of our venues are financially secure. The next few months will continue to be challenging for everyone and we will continue to fundraise for the venue support services MVT offers, especially for those venues in need of our Emergency Response Service. There are some exciting #SaveOurVenues projects still being worked on so please do support where you can!