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London’s Independent Venue Week launches Independents Day in partnership with HARMAN

Created in response to recent requests from participating venues to be able to meet up with other venues, promoters, and partners, the day will bring together IVW stakeholders from different sectors of the industry, as well venues from around the country

The team behind Independent Venue Week (IVW) has launched a new one-day event, Independents Day, in partnership with HARMAN.

It is set to take place in London on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 229 The Venue.

Created in response to recent requests from participating venues to be able to meet up with other venues, promoters, and partners, the day will bring together IVW stakeholders from different sectors of the industry, as well venues from around the country. This will give them the chance to meet and share ideas about how to get the most out of IVW during the week as well as across the year, as IVW develops more programmes.

Independents Day will see a host of speakers and panels covering a range of topics, including a dedicated panel on venue funding with Arts Council England (ACE) who will specifically be discussing details of its new £1.5 million Supporting Grassroots Live Music (SGLM) fund and what people can apply for. ACE will also be presenting a number of one-to-one sessions where venues and promoters can discuss in more detail their own applications with ACE relationship managers for this vital new fund.

Michelle Downey, EMEA marketing director for HARMAN, commented: “HARMAN regularly works on largescale installations internationally, such as the Tottenham Hotspurs arena here in the UK. The technology and learnings from those big projects trickle down into our broader product development so everyone can benefit. At HARMAN, our vision is to make life more connected, entertaining, personalised and productive.

“With Independent Venue Week and their Independents Day, we’ve found the perfect partner to help us connect with smaller entertainment spaces and support them to deliver best-in-class live entertainment experiences for their audiences.”

Other existing IVW partners include Arts Council England, CD Baby, The FAC, Marshall, and The Musicians Union.

“By getting together face-to-face, venues and partners will have a greater chance to learn more about the workings of IVW from the core team and those venues who have taken part in it for a number of years,” said IVW founder Sybil Bell. “Having HARMAN as our headline partner is a real boost to the sector and those who come to Independents Day can see up close the incredible range of kit they have and the amazing offers they can offer IVW venues. This is incredibly timely given the ACE SGLM fund.

“We have one-to-one sessions during the day with ACE for those wanting to find out about how the new SGLM works and the wide range of activity they can use the fund for, as well as with agents. For many venues, dealing with agents is often confined to email so being able to put a face to a name and forging a more personal relationship is really important.”

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