On Tuesday 20th October 2015 the MVT held a landmark event in the legendary Ministry Of Sound in London. 300 delegates turned up for the SOLD OUT event, to discuss the threats that grassroots music venues face in the current climate. A mix of rising rents, changes in planning laws plus greedy developers invading cities across the UK has seen 35% of our capitals venues close since 2007. However this is not an issue that solely affects London….Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds & Manchester have also seen venues closing and threatened with closure. Once gone this affects the grassroots scene irreversibly.
Every musician cuts their teeth touring such venues and that goes for every musician since the dawn of the touring scene….and every musician that has gone on to put the UK on the map as the number 1 country for music worldwide….
The turnout for venues day showed how far the MVT have come since setting up the trust in 2014, with a plethora of industry heads in attendance, Steve Lamaq, BBC 6 Music, Ed Vaizey, Minister of State Culture, Geoff Taylor, CEO BPI & BRIT Awards and Mark Davyd CEO Music Venue Trust, to name a few…. appearing on panels discussing various ways of tackling the issues the venues face now and in the future and how to navigate them.
They also launched the RESCUE PLAN on how to go about saving our capitals music venues, which has been back by Boris Johnson…Read More Here
Now they plan to tackle the rest of the country…
Check out MVT’s site here for more info on the great work they do….