UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee has released its Live Music Inquiry report.
The MIA are pleased that this cross party government report recognises five years of work by our partners, the Music Venue Trust, with a clear statement that echoes the core of their message: Grassroots Music Venues matter.
Music Venue Trust says: “Grassroots Music Venues matter to us, to the artists, to the audiences and to the people that love them. They are core to our communities, to the life of our towns and cities, and to the future prosperity of our £4.5 billion music industry. The report puts forward 6 recommendations which will support MVT in its work to protect, secure and improve these vital venues going forward.”
The DCMS Report recommendations provide a clear path for key stakeholders, the government, the cultural sector, the music industry, to act together with Music Venue Trust to deliver a solution to the grassroots venues crisis.
The DCMS states they will be working with their colleagues at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UK Music, Arts Council England, Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru | Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, and Arts Council of Northern Ireland for the cause.
MP Damian Collins, chair of the DCMs committee, commented: “Urgent action is needed if the live music industry is to continue to make a significant contribution to both the economy and cultural life of the country. We also look to the music industry to make sure that enough of the big money generated at the top finds its way down to grassroots level to support emerging talent. It happens with sport, why not music?”
Included in the recommendations are:
- Recognition of the importance of grassroots music venues to the music industry and culture of the UK, and the fact that the Government has not responded promptly enough to the crisis.
- Business rates need to be tackled immediately
- Agent of Change being included in Planning Policy is a step forward but more needing to be done to protect venues from development threats
- The impact of the Live Music Act 2012 should be reviewed, and the Government should extend creative industries tax relief to other areas of music than orchestras
- Arts Council England must redress the imbalance in funding for grassroots venues and contemporary music
- A taskforce should be established to explore how the industry may be supported and incentivised to invest more effectively in supporting grassroots talent, with MVT’s Pipeline Investment Fund initiative cited as a way forward.
Details of the Recommendations can be read here
The full report is available here