12barMayor of London announces Music Venues Taskforce.

Music Venue Trust appointed to Chair panel looking at the future of music venues in the capital

The Music Venue Trust is to chair the taskforce set up by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to look at the steps the city can take to protect and secure its vital network of live music venues, it was announced today.

The Mayor announced the creation of the capital’s first Music Venues Taskforce earlier this year, following the closure of a number of high profile venues. There are fears these and the threat of other closures could have a longer term impact on a sector that, as well as giving pleasure to millions of people, is worth around £1.6 billion.

As well as the Music Venue Trust other members of the taskforce include UK Music, the campaigning and lobbying group, which represents every part of the recorded and live music industry, and the Musicians Union. The taskforce will be taking feedback from venues, local government and leading musicians, including Frank Turner who has been appointed as a special advisor to the panel.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘I am a passionate supporter of music in all its forms. Live music is part of the soul of London and live music venues have been critical to the development of artists who have gone on to become conquering global heroes. They are where we hope to produce not just fantastic music now, but the next Rolling Stones, Clash, Adele, Ed Sheeran, or Sam Smith.

‘Music is an essential part of our city and the job of the Music Venues Taskforce will be to ensure London can support a wide range of venues across the capital and protect its status as the music capital of the world.’

The Music Venues Taskforce will now look at how London can maintain a balance between the sometimes competing priorities of residential and commercial activity, and the unrivalled mix of arts and entertainment attract tourists and make London such an exciting place to live and work. The first meeting is due to take place on 27 March and a report is due later this year.

Mark Davyd, CEO of the Music Venue Trust, the charity which seeks to protect, secure and improve the UK’s grassroots circuit music venues, said: ‘We are delighted that the Mayor has recognised the growing challenges to music venues in the capital and across the UK. This is a great opportunity to really take an in depth view of these issues and lay out practical steps London can take to ensure it continues to be the world leader for live music. We hope that by creating this taskforce London can lead the way in developing sensible, balanced policies that really help to protect and support venues and can be an example to the whole UK”.

Watch: Boris Johnson Announce Music Venues Taskforce for London…

Learn more: musicvenuetrust.com.

About Music Venue Trust:

Music Venue Trust, founded in 2014, is a registered charity that seeks to preserve, secure and improve the UK’s network of small to medium scale, mostly independently run, music venues. We have a long term plan to protect that live music network which includes, where necessary, taking into charitable ownership freehold properties so they can be removed from commercial pressures and leased back to passionate music professionals to continue their operation.

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