Michael Dugher, chief executive of UK Music, and Mark Davyd, chief executive of the Music Venue Trust (MVT), have written to the chancellor of the exchequer urging him to change discriminatory business rates guidance.
Music Venue Trust and Red Stripe have teamed up on a new initiative to support grassroots venues and give young people opportunities to join the sector.
Following the successful launch of Fightback: Grassroots Promoter for young female promoters, there is now a second opportunity aimed at anyone who wants to learn the skills to become an independent promoter.
They're joined by Be Charlotte, Rhoda Dakar and Bright Light Bright Light who have all stepped forward to help secure the future of grassroots music venues.
The bassist is the first musician to become a trustee of the charity, which also announced new patrons Charlotte Hatherley, Slaves and The Anchoress.
The charity has launched the major fundraising drive to help secure its future, culminating in a gig at Camden Electric Ballroom on 17 October.
Music Venue Trust (MVT) is to launch its Manifesto for Music Venues at The Great Escape later this week.