Music Venue Trust has today (27 January) published the first piece of research from the Venues Day 2014, held on 9 December.
Venues Day 2014, the first national gathering of small and medium scale UK music venues, brought together more than 120 venues, with 107 participating in the research project.
‘Understanding Small Music Venues: An Interim Findings Report’ hopes to open a discussion about how small venues operate, the challenges they face, and the role they play in culture.
The interim report details the challenges that small venues face, including money, community engagement, cultural value, youth engagement and education.
“We need to be openly discussing and airing the challenges with our live music industry colleagues, and working together to tackle the issues so we not only maintain and preserve the circuit but actively start to improve it,” said the Trust’s CEO Mark Davyd.
“We feel that past failures to talk about the ecosystem of UK music have meant that people who don’t actively work in it perhaps don’t understand the structure of the industry, or the vital role that this network of venues plays in maintaining it.”
The full report is expected to be published on 9 March and will include the Trust’s response to the research. The interim report, meanwhile, can be read here.
The Music Venue Trust is a music charity that seeks to preserve, secure and improve the UK’s network of small to medium scale independent music venues.
Pictured: Venues Day 2014.
Photo credit: Music Venue Trust/Pat Pope