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UK Music Industry Rallies Around Pipeline Investment Fund

Left to Right: Beverley Whitrick, Greg Parmley, Annabella Coldrick, John Langford, Suzanne Bull, Horace Trubridge
Key organisations from across the music business have pledged to tackle the crisis facing grassroots music venues in the UK. The signatories to a Statement of Intent for a Pipeline Investment Fund include the Musicians’ Union, UK Live Music, Concert Promoters Association, National Arena Association, Entertainment Agents Association, Music Managers Forum and Music Industries Association.
A total of 15 organisations, representing thousands of individuals and organisations, have signed the Statement of Intent which was launched by Music Venue Trust at Venues Day in October 2018.
We asked the UK music industry to sign up to the concept that we need to take collective financial action on the challenges facing grassroots venues,” explains Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director at MVT. “We are delighted with the response from the industry and the willingness to find positive, constructive solutions so that we can properly protect the Grassroots Music Venues Pipeline from which, ultimately, everyone benefits.”
The current aims of the Pipeline Investment Fund include funding infrastructure, sound and lights in grassroots venues; placing venues into protected ownership byacquiring freeholdscreating training and apprenticeship schemes; and offeringcentralised legal, planning and licensing advice. With the Statement of Intent now signed, the signatories will begin working together in early 2019 to identify funding solutions.
With 35% of the UK’s grassroots venues having closed over the last 10 years, it’s time for the industry to act,” says Greg Parmley, chair of UK Live Music and managing director of the ILMC. “We need structured and planned investment to secure these vital spaces against development, rent rises, poor infrastructure and failing facilities.”
This sentiment is echoed by Andrew Parsons, MD of Ticketmaster UK, who comments: “Grassroots Music Venues are an essential part of the live music scene. We have been working with Music Venue Trust for over four years to ensure that these iconic buildings can continue to showcase the next generation of talent. We welcome the Pipeline Investment Fund initiative to look at ways that our industry can secure the legacy of these venues for many years to come.” 
“AEG is committed to working with our partners in the live music industry to find a solution to the critical challenges faced by Grassroots Music Venues,” adds John Langford at AEG EuropeThese venues are vital to the future of the UK music industry and they play a key role in developing and supporting artists to grow their careers. The Pipeline Investment Fund is an opportunity to deliver real, practical and urgent action right across the music industry.”
“The majority of the UK Music’s most memorable life-defining moment happen in small venues. They are crucial to talent development and building committed fans, and why the MMF supports the idea of a Pipeline Investment Fund to ensure they are economically viable. We now look forward to working with others in the business to transform this concept into a clear, effective and deliverable plan.” – Annabella Coldrick, Music Managers Forum
“The UK musical instrument industry totally supports the Music Venue Trust in all its endeavours to protect the grass roots music venues in our Country. These venues are our musical heritage and also the future for the next generation of musicians and we must all work together to keep these vital establishments open both for the musicians and for the good of the local communities that the venues serve.” – Paul McManus, Music Industries Association
“We wholeheartedly support the Pipeline Investment Fund. Not only are grassroots venues a crucial hub in our communities but they are also the breeding ground for young & emerging talents who can hopefully go on to enhance the UK music industry still further.” - Neil Tomlinson, President of the Entertainment Agents’ Association
“Attitude is Everything strongly supports the creation of a Pipeline Investment Fund to support the UK’s vital grassroots touring network. With the right support, local grassroots venues have the potential be some of the most readily accessible sources of live music for disabled audiences. Added capacity for venues to invest in physical infrastructure would have a massive impact alongside our existing schemes to improve online and policy-based accessibility in partnership with venues. The prospect of a new grant scheme for emerging artist touring and new training opportunities is also very exciting – we know first-hand the impact these schemes could have, including on disabled artists and venue staff eager to welcome all audiences.” - Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO of Attitude is Everything
“The grassroots live scene is vitally important to both emerging and established artists, but without the support that it needs and deserves its future is uncertain. It’s therefore reassuring to see such great efforts being made to provide organized assistance to venues. The MU is happy to support the PIF as it will enable musicians to continue connecting with their fans on the renowned stages of the UK’s grassroots music venues.” – Horace Trubridge, General Secretary, Musicians’ Union
Signatories to the Statement of Intent include:
Association of Festival Organisers
Association of Independent Festivals
Attitude is Everything
Concert Promoters Association
Entertainment Agents Association
Featured Artists Coalition
Music Industry Association
Music Managers Forum
Musicians’ Union
National Arenas Association
Productions Services Association
UK Live Music
The Statement of Intent can be read here: music-venue-trust-launches-pipeline-investment-fund-challenge

Venues Day 2019 Date Announced

Music Venue Trust is delighted to share the news that it will return to Islington Assembly Hall, London for the 2019 edition of Venues Day on Wednesday 9 October. Building on the success of the 2018 national networking event, we will use more spaces in the complex to increase networking opportunities and ensure that delegates can attend the sessions they will most benefit from. Further information will be available in the spring so put this date in your diary now. 

Venues Day 2018 Films

Selected films from panels, speeches and interviews can now be accessed from our Venues Day 2018 page:

Scroll down to watch:

Lord Tim Clement-Jones’ Opening Speech
Steve Lamacq presents The Magnificent Seven: Anniversaries, Celebrations & Survival Stories
A Fistful of Dollars – A good contract that works for GMVs and artists
HMUK presents The Forgotten Pistolero – Are you looking after yourself?
Venues Day 2018 Interviews from everyone who generously gave their time on the day

A special thank you to REVL8 for their hard work which provides us with our website, YouTube channel and films.

Love Music Hate Racism Partners with Music Venue Trust
We want your Grassroots Music Venue to join with Love Music Hate Racism and Music Venue Trust on a positive campaign aimed at tackling division by bringing people together through the power of music.

Love Music Hate Racism and Music Venue Trust believe music is the perfect antidote to hatred and division; by working collectively it is possible to motivate a wide audience to both make a stand against racism and support their local venue.
Grassroots Music Venues are the life blood of the music industry, they play a crucial role in nurturing and giving a platform to up-and-coming artists from across the UK.
These venues act as community hubs that can bring people from diverse backgrounds together out of a shared interest in music. By standing together, we can send the strongest possible message that racism isn't acceptable to us or our communities. 
We want as many venues as possible to get on board to support the Love Music Hate Racism ‘Beautiful Resistance’ fortnight between the dates of 8– 22 March 2019.
All we need you to do right now is click the button here.

AFO: 28th Jan 2019 17:32:00

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