The Mayor of London’s Music Venues Taskforce has produced a new report, London’s Grassroots Music Venues Rescue Plan. The report reveals how London has lost 35% of its grassroots music venues since 2007 and outlines a rescue package and action plan to protect the remaining live music venues in the capital.
The announcement was made ahead of today's annual Venues Day at Ministry of Sound. In its second year, the day brings together professionals from the sector to celebrate small and medium scale independent live music venues across the UK and to share information and plan the way forward.
The new report, which sits high on today’s agenda, recommends that an ‘Agent of Change Principle’ needs to be instigated. It also identifies key factors and root causes leading to venue closures, including noise complaints, rising rents, licensing restrictions and the sale of venues to make way for housing developments.
Richard Robinson, Help Musicians UK Chief Executive says:
“Our industry relies on grassroots music venues and these closures threaten its future. The report suggests that our sector is worth £66bn a year and so we need to listen to the industry and join forces to ensure local music and musicians continue to thrive.
Help Musicians UK supports this new report and what it sets out to do on behalf of all musicians. We will champion the work of grass root venues and support the lobbying efforts of key partners to avoid closures and define our role in safeguarding the futures of those we support and develop.”