Tickets have been released for sale and official partners announced for this year’s (and sixth running) Venues Day – a key event for anyone who works in or with the UK’s Grassroots Music Venues.
The largest gathering of small venues in the world, Venues Day will involve discussion of the sector’s challenges and successes and help shape what comes next for the Music Venue Trust charity.
It is set to take place on Wednesday, October 9 at Islington Assembly Hall, London.
Returning Venues Day partners are long-term supporters of Music Venue Trust’s work: Academy Music Group, Jack Daniel’s, UK Music and Help Musicians UK. They are joined by digital ticket delivery innovators Fandragon, and Fightback Lager, the beer company whose sales raise money for MVT’s Emergency Response service all year round. PRS for Music will be attending with a team who will introduce their new initiative Setlist, which MVT has consulted on, to reduce work for venues while still ensuring that songwriters are paid.
MVT strategic partner White Light is supporting Venues Day with their partners at Shure, Chauvet, Yamaha and d&b audiotechnik. These companies, along with not for profit partners such as Attitude is Everything and Volunteer it Yourself, form part of Sound + Vision, MVT’s core programme for physically improving the nation’s Grassroots Music Venues to improve both audience and artist experience and make them more sustainable, both environmentally and economically.
The programme for the day, as every year, focuses on networking opportunities and practical advice for venues to take away and implement. Panels and speakers will be announced soon, together with details of all the one-to-one meetings that can be booked with experts in funding, licensing, planning, acoustics, architecture, business planning, hospitality, access, safety, sound, and lighting.
Top UK booking agencies are also showing support for the day and will be offering one-to-one sessions between their agents and venue delegates: Paradigm, ATC, 13 Artists, CAA, Primary Talent, UTA, ITB, X-Ray and Pitch & Smith.
For up to date information on the status of the UK’s Grassroots Music Venues, see David Davies extensive investigation into their current climate and read recent interviews with London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé and UK Music’s CEO Michael Dugher.