Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas from Music Venue Trust

The dust is settling, the admin is being dealt with and we are thinking through the outcomes from Venues Day 2014. We will be back in 2015 to shake things up some more. Have a good break and enjoy our official film.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Venues Day 2014 Timetable

Venues Day 2014 will take place in The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London on Tuesday 9 December. Delegate passes are available from or if you represent a small independent venue by contacting us at

The programme:

Housekeeping, introduction to the day and survey feedback
Music Venue Trust, Independent Venue Week & Southbank Centre

What makes a good venue into a great venue? What could venues do more of to increase their value to music fans and to musicians? How do we reach new audiences and talk to the industry better?
Sean Adams (Chair) - Drowned in Sound
Horace Trubridge - Musicians' Union
Suzanne Bull MBE - Attitude is Everything
Sybil Bell - MVT/IVW
Mike Weatherley MP - Rock the House
Steve Tilley -Kilimanjaro Live/Sugarmill, Stoke
Guest panelist to be announced

What are the factors that can make your music noise a nuisance and how can you manage it? Do we need an Agent of Change principle?
Kerry McCarthy MP (Chair)
Lisa Lavia - Noise Abatement Society
Howard Price - Chartered Institute of Environmental Health 
Dom Frazer - The Boileroom
Niall Forde - Islington Council
Andrew Jarvis (Moderator - Acoustics)
Jeremy Mills (Moderator - Legal compliance)

Afternoon tea & coffee with a chance to meet other venues, talk to your local MP and ACE representative, and to hear new ideas for venues

What have we learned and what can key stakeholders do about it?
Jane Beese (Chair) - Southbank Centre
Geoff Meall - The Agency
Jo Dipple - UK Music
Ben Lane - Arts Council England
Rob Challice -Coda
Mark Davyd -Music Venue Trust
Guest panelist to be announced

17.45: WRAP UP
Closing remarks

Friday, October 24, 2014


We are proud to announce our partners in this event. 
Priority booking is now open for independent venue representatives. Email us at to find out how to receive your free delegate pass. 
General booking opens 3 November.

Friday, October 3, 2014

We are proud to announce Venues Day 2014

The Music Venue Trust is delighted to announce Venues Day 2014 which will take place at Southbank Centre, London on Tuesday 9 December.

Working together with Independent Venue Week, Southbank Centre, and with funding from Arts Council England, 250 delegates from across the UK will gather at the Purcell Rooms, Southbank Centre, London, for the first ever networking event specifically aimed at celebrating the work of independent live music venues.

Delegates will be given an opportunity to exchange information, share challenges, seek collaborative solutions. Venues Day 2014 is an exciting one off opportunity to engage with key decision makers and to reach out to audiences across the UK.

We will shortly be announcing the content and sessions and sending out invitations to delegates, together with information about our major event partners. If you want to be part of Venues Day 2014, please contact us now at

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Agent of Change petition update

One week after launching the petition we are delighted to say that more than 10,000 people have already signed. We need to demonstrate much more support so please read Frank's message and then do as he asks!
"Thanks everyone for all the support for this campaign so far. Ten years ago today I played my first show at a small venue in London, 93 Feet East, and since then I've played 1,614 shows in hundreds of venues (which makes me feel pretty old). Please ask your friends and family to support this petition and let's get a small but essential change to UK Law that will give the next person trying to do what I did the same opportunity."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Frank Turner Launches Petition to Protect UK's Live Music Venues

Frank Turner Delivers Strongly Worded Letter and Video Demanding Culture Secretary Sajid Javid Adopt the Agent of Change Principle

Acclaimed musician Frank Turner has today launched a new campaign to protect the future of the UK's live music venues. A passionate supporter of small independent venues, Frank has written to Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, calling on him to adopt the Agent of Change principle into UK law to halt the escalating threats to dedicated live music clubs and other community activities. To focus attention on this issue Frank is calling on music fans across the country to sign his petition demanding that the government act:

In a carefully considered and direct plea for action, Frank tells Sajid Javid:
"You, as the Culture Secretary, are genuinely facing a meltdown in the British live music circuit. Music venues are fighting off noise complaints, abatement notices and planning applications; 12 venues are already under threat, an avalanche will follow if we don't take action. These venues are where I grew up, where I learned about rock’n’roll music, where I saw all my favourite bands. The venues where I played my first shows and some of my most recent, the home of the music scene that has given me my career, my passion and my life. 

And yet a solution is simple, and it's called the Agent of Change principle. We demand that you work with the Music Venue Trust and the UK's incredible network of live music venues. 

Let's act together, right now, to adopt and enforce Agent of Change".

The Music Venue Trust has been campaigning to protect and secure the UK live music network since January. Beverley Whitrick of the Trust explains, "The Agent of Change Principle is not complicated or controversial, it's simple common sense: The person or business responsible for the change is responsible for managing the impact of the change. This means that an apartment block to be built near an established live music venue would have to pay for soundproofing, while a live music venue opening in a residential area would be responsible for the costs. A resident who moves next door to a music venue would, in law, be assessed as having made that decision understanding that there's going to be some music noise, and a music venue that buys a new PA would be expected to carry out tests to make sure its noise emissions don't increase." 

The petition is a collaboration between Frank Turner and Music Venue Trust, and is supported by Musicians' Union, Music Industries Association, UK Music and many other music industry bodies. 

Horace Trubridge of the MU said: 
"The MU urges Government to adopt the ‘Agent of Change’ principle, it is vital to the long term survival of live music venues across the country that the law is changed. The current situation where these valuable cultural centres are vulnerable to closure simply because of an adjacent building being converted to accommodation is unacceptable. The MU encourages the public to support this campaign and urges Government to take action to protect live music venues." 

Paul McManus of MIA said: 
“The Music Industries Association (MIA) is in total support of the campaign to implement Agent of Change legislation. Music venues, especially smaller ones, are the lifeblood of musical communities and as the UK musical instrument trade body we welcome the Music Venue Trust initiative and offer all possible help.” 

UK Music CEO Jo Dipple said: 
“Grassroots live music is the foundation for our music industry. This foundation is supported by small and iconic venues throughout our towns and cities. The Government has a strong record on entertainment deregulation, yet potential benefits are challenged by worrying developments caused by planning laws. The Government should introduce the agent of change principle into UK law. This would be a proportionate and common sense approach and would be welcomed by the UK music industry.”

READ Frank's letter in full or watch the video

SIGN the petition at this link: 

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The Music Venue Trust was formed in January 2014 to protect and preserve the UK small music venue circuit.