Small venues look for greater government support

January 2015

Live events sector


Some interesting ideas came out of the recent one day Music Venues Trust ‘Venues Day’ conference in London – neatly summarised by Jonathan Robinson in one of Music Tank’s excellent newsletters who pointed out “little appears to have changed in the ten years MusicTank has looked at issues afflicting live, from noise abatement, and Licensing Act reform to form 696 and secondary ticketing”  – points raised by representatives from small venues from across the UK included:

  • lobbying Government for an extension of the tax status recently afforded theatre and orchestras (VAT is crippling small venue businesses);
  • pooling of knowledge via a website (to help each other);
  • booking agents ‘gifting’ back a successful band, to, say a venue that helped them on their way in the early years (supporting and acknowledging the importance of this sector);
  • local authorities having to include cultural policy as part of planning policy;
  • take a lead from Unesco and introduce its protective status to areas of music heritage and high cultural value;
  • further highlight the economic value live music brings to cities, towns and neighbourhoods;
  • make a case for state funding for UK bands to be able to do UK tours (in the same way funding is available for touring overseas);
  • learn from (and copy?) European state-funded models for live music.

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