MPs from across the political spectrum back UK Music request to reduce “discriminatory” business rates for 124 UK grassroots music venues
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Music Venue Trust will officially launch its "three deliverable, achievable and sensible" recommendations for MPs at The Great Escape conference later this week
By IQ on 15 May 2017
Music Venue Trust (MVT) has followed UK Music and the Creative Industries Federation in releasing its own manifesto for 8 June’s general election.
Entitled A Manifesto for Music Venues 2017, the document comprises three commitments MVT is asking prospective MPs to make as part of their election campaigns that will help protect grassroots music venues (GMV).
From the manifesto, they are:
1. Reform cultural funding – invest in GMV infrastructure
2. Take action to increase and reward private investment
3. Cut red tape and reduce costs
Mark Davyd, CEO of MVT, comments: “Grassroots music venues are vital incubators of talent, the ignition system of a global industry that is worth £4.1 billion to the UK economy. In 2016, UK artists accounted for seven of the year’s ten best-selling artist albums in the world. If we want future UK musicians to continue to produce that music for us, they – and the technicians, crew, promoters, security who work with them – deserve world-class grassroots music venues to create, develop and grow that music.
“We’ve been researching, discussing and debating what’s happened to our grassroots music venue touring circuit for the last three years. It’s time for action. We are laying out three deliverable, achievable and sensible actions a future government can take to support them to achieve their full potential. We want every prospective MP to read those commitments and pledge to support them.”
The manifesto will be officially unveiled at a panel at The Great Escape in Brighton this Thursday.
Britain goes the polls on 8 June following the calling of a snap election by incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May. Current polls predict a landslide victory for her Conservative party, which is committed to a clean, or ‘hard’, break from the EU and the European single market.
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