140 UK music venues removed from critical list by #SaveOurVenues campaign
- Megan Forsyth
- 19 May 2020
The campaign to help save grassroots music venues facing closure has raised over £1.5 million in donations
Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced that the charity's #SaveOurVenues campaign has now resulted in 140 grassroots music venues across the UK being removed from its 'critical' list. The campaign which was initiated by MVT in response to the continued economic threat to over 500 grassroots music venues throughout the UK, has raised over £1.5 million in donations in just three weeks.
As a result of donations from music fans, music industry companies and other organisations, as well as interventions from public bodies such as The London Mayor's Office, Creative Wales and Arts Council England, 140 grassroots music venues are now protected from imminent closure. The MVT crisis intervention team has also supported venues during this campaign by providing legal and planning advice, liaising with landlords and helping venues navigate through complex processes.
Artists in the community are supporting the campaign with donations and live-streamed events, while many virtual festivals have also taken place or are scheduled, including Independent
Music News Lockdown, Vive Le Rockdown, Bristol Takeover Online and Liverpool Digital
Music Festival. Over 150 events have already been held with many more scheduled in the coming weeks.
Despite the success of the campaign so far, MVT notes that these 140 venues are not permanently protected and the organisation is calling for more music industry donations and governmental intervention to help secure the venues' long-term future.
'The fact we have managed to remove 140 grassroots music venues off of our critical list in the last three weeks is, of course, a cause for celebration but we are not complacent as this is only a relatively short-term fix,' Mark Davyd, founder and CEO of MVT said.
'Whilst the immediate threat of closure for these venues has been halted they are still under real threat in the coming months as are over 400 others. This is a good start and we can't emphasise how grateful we are to those music fans, music industry companies and public organisations who have supported the #SaveOurVenues campaign so far, but we cannot relax as we still have a mountain to climb to secure the long-term future of this sector. We still desperately need more music industry companies to step up and help with donations alongside real action from government specifically around rent relief, more financial help and clearer guidance.'
For more information on the #SaveOurVenues campaign, visit saveourvenues.co.uk