Lucy Thraves


#saveourvenues campaign sees 140 UK music venues protected from imminent closure

1:16, 20th May 2020

Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced that the #saveourvenues campaign launched at the beginning of May has resulted in 140 grassroots venues being removed from its ‘critical’ list. 

The campaign, which has so far raised over £1.5m in donations, was initiated by MVT in response to the economic threat to over 500 UK grassroots venues.

As a result of donations from fans and music industry organisations, as well as from public bodies such as the London Mayor’s office and Arts Council England, 140 venues are now protected from imminent closure. The work done by the MVT crisis intervention team in providing legal and planning advice, liaising with landlords and helping venues navigate through the complex bureaucratic process to access help, has also been instrumental during this campaign.

However, this does not mean that these venues are protected permanently and MVT are calling for more donations and governmental intervention to help secure their long-term future.

Mark Davyd, founder and CEO of MVT, said: ‘The fact we have managed to remove 140 grassroots music venues from our critical list in the last three weeks is, of course, a cause for celebration, but we are not complacent as this is only a relatively short-term fix.

‘We cannot relax as we still have a mountain to climb to secure the long-term future of this sector. We still desperately need more music industry companies to step up and help with donations alongside real action from the government, specifically around rent relief, more financial help and clearer guidance.’

For more information on the #saveourvenues campaign visit www.saveourvenues.co.uk


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