MVT launches manifesto for grassroots venues

Music Venue Trust

Music Venue Trust (MVT) is to launch its Manifesto for Music Venues at The Great Escape later this week.

With the general election just three weeks away, the umbrella organisation for the UK’s live venue sector is calling for MPs to make three pledges as part of their electoral campaign.

These are:
Reform cultural funding – invest in grassroots music venue infrastructure
Take action to increase and reward private investment
Cut red tape and reduce costs

The MVT will be hosting a special panel at The Great Escape on Thursday 18 May detailing the manifesto and discussing the specific needs of the grassroots venue sector.

It will be presented by MVT strategic director Beverley Whitrick, and will feature an opening presentation from UK Music’s Tom Kiehl offering a snapshot of the whole music industry ecosystem in 2017.

Panel contributors include Baroness Maggie Jones (Labour), Joe Miller (Conservatives), Lord Tim Clement-Jones (Lib Dems) and Amelia Womack (Green Party).

Mark Davyd, chief executive of MVT, said: ‘Grassroots music venues are vital incubators of talent, the ignition system of a global industry that is worth £4.1billion to the UK economy.

‘In 2016, UK artists accounted for seven of the year’s top 10 best-selling artist albums in the world. If we want future UK musicians to continue to produce that music for us, they, and the technicians, crew, promoters, security who work with them, deserve world class grassroots music venues to create, develop and grow that music.

‘We’ve been researching, discussing and debating what’s happened to our grassroots music venue touring circuit for the last three years. It’s time for action. We are laying out three deliverable, achievable, and sensible actions a future government can take to support them to achieve their full potential. We want every prospective MP to read those commitments and pledge to support them.’

The full Manifesto for Music Venues 2017 is available to read at the MVT website –