Where would we be without grassroots music venues? Without most of the iconic musical exports the UK has produced over the decades. That’s where.
But, thanks to rising rents, the creep of gentrification and the Covid pandemic we’re currently predicted to lose 80% of our grassroots music venues over the next few decades.
That’s where the Music Venue’s Trust has stepped in. The charity launched in 2014 to help secure the long-term future of iconic grassroots music venues and the importance of their work has stepped up a gear since 2020, as the Covid pandemic has threatened countless musical venues with permanent extinction.
With music venues back open again, Music Venues Trust announced two events which took place on October 5th and 12th. The first took place at EartH, Hackney and featured panel discussions on how grassroots music venues can emerge from the pandemic, while the second comprised of a series of online panels and webinars with leading industry experts.