Music Venue Trust Reveal Grassroots Music Venue Survey Results
2500 Socially Distanced Shows Confirmed from 17 May as UK Lockdown Eases
28,500 Shows Expected in Grassroots Venue Between May and September
A new survey commissioned by Music Venue Trust (MVT) among members of the Music Venues Alliance (MVA) has revealed the full extent to which Grassroots Music Venues in England are planning to re-open their doors from 17 May and beyond, based upon the timeline laid out by the government.
17 May signals the penultimate stage in the government’s roadmap to ease COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in the UK before a planned return to full capacity social activity on 21 June.
The survey reveals that over 2534 socially distanced shows are already on sale in 266 venues from 17 May to 21 June, with more than 4000 shows across over 400 venues predicted to take place during the month.
Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director, MVT
By the end of September, the survey indicates that over 17,000 full capacity shows are already confirmed to take place, with nearly 30,000 shows likely to take place in front of 6,803,481 audience members. With support artists factored in, it is estimated that there will be 91,500 individual live performances during the period, offering over 300,000 work opportunities for musicians as they finally get the chance to return to paid employment.
The Grassroots Music Venue sector turned over £360 million in 2019/20 (prior to the pandemic), delivering over 200,000 events and more than half a million performances to 33 million ticket holders. The sectors provides full time employment for 10,000 people with approximately 150,000 musicians, crew, sound engineers, lighting engineers, security personnel, bar staff and other casual employees working in grassroots live music as part of portfolio careers.
Mark Davyd, CEO, MVT