In 2014, a charity to protect, secure and improve the nation’s grassroots music venues was founded – Music Venue Trust. One of its first tasks was to bring together some of the people who own and run these venues, to ask them what they really need. This event, held in December 2014, was the inaugural Venues Day. It led to the formation of the Music Venues Alliance, which now boasts 547 members.
As part of our commitment to these members, MVT organises an annual networking event in London. Venues Day has become the highlight of the year for many…
“The first time I came I felt very isolated and alone, stressed, firefighting every day, thinking there was only me having these problems. I came (to Venues Day) – to find that we are all in the same position, every grassroots music venue. Now I come and see faces I now know, and it feels like you’re part of a national community, not just on your own.” Allison McKay, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington
Venues Day is the only event in the UK aimed specifically at the grassroots music venue sector and their associated industries and services. Venues Day 2019 has three key aims:
- to provide a highly effective marketplace for the best service and industry offers to engage with small and medium scale music venues
- to provide a dedicated forum for the sharing of best practice, innovation and leadership
- to develop the nationwide network of subscribed grassroots music venues that speak with clarity about their work.
Venues Day 2019 will take place on Wednesday 9 October at Islington Assembly Hall, London. There will be representatives from venues from across the UK, alongside music industry professionals and service providers relevant to the sector. Partner organisations have opportunities to take a stand, make presentations, but above all to network throughout the day with delegates. Venues Day is not designed as a conference, although we do provide panels and workshops as part of the programme. It is a National Networking Day because our members value the informal interactions with fellow professionals so highly.
Harkirit Boparai, The Crescent, York: “For someone like myself who is relatively new to the industry, it’s incredible to be able to meet other venues who are in similar positions… It’s really good to be able to network with people and have a collective understanding of the issues that are facing us.”
Securing a comprehensive range of partners for the annual event is essential. Ticketmaster have been the headline sponsor for the past 4 years and other supporters include The O2, Club Power, MusicPlanet Live, Jack Daniel’s, White Light, Jackpot Peanut Butter and Musicians’ Union. We offer a range of opportunities, from a half stand at £850 to Associate Sponsorship at £5,000. If your business is aimed at the grassroots of the music industry there is no better opportunity for being in the same room as 500+ representatives. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how you might get involved.