"They should turn off the music – or close down" is the message from government, says MVT, after HM Treasury confirmed venues are ineligible for a rates discount
Sign up for IQ Index
The latest industry news to your inbox.
The insurer has creative an interactive map of Britain's small music venues, highlighting stand-out venues in 12 UK regions
By IQ on 17 Oct 2018
Specialist music insurance provider Insure4Music has created an interactive map of its pick of the UK’s best small venues.
The map, designed as a reference tool for both artists and concertgoers, is split into 12 regional pages, with each containing key statistics for each region’s venues, such as capacity, contact details and whether they provide a backline.
It also features pieces of of ‘did you know?’ trivia about each venue, as well as notable acts who’ve played there and insights from venue spokespeople.
John Spellar MP – who tabled a bill, later adopted by the government, that introduces the agent-of-change principle to protect small venues from property developers – comments: “This map highlights why the UK’s vibrant live music scene is celebrated the world over. Quite simply, small music venues make our country a more attractive destination.
“This map highlights why the UK’s vibrant live music scene is celebrated the world over”
“The most famous musicians of all time have started out at some of these iconic venues and it’s vital that people continue to support them. Otherwise, the future of live music is in danger.
“The support for agent of change has been fantastic and the bill’s success presents a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of musical talent to emerge. Local councils must use the power they’ve now been given to back British music.”
View the Small Music Venues Index by clicking below:
If there’s a venue missing you think should be included, tweet @Insure4Music with your suggestions.
Get more stories like this in your inbox by signing up for IQ Index, IQ’s free email digest of essential live music industry news.