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Music Venue Trust plans first Welsh Venues Meeting

British live music advocacy group Music Venue Trust (MVT) has revealed plans for its first Welsh Venues Meeting, set for 17 May at the Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff.

Presented in partnership with UK Music and the Arts Council of Wales, the one-day event will be an opportunity to network, hear from Welsh and UK cultural and music industry organisations and contribute to a discussion of the challenges faced on a both local and national basis. Delegate passes will be free to venue representatives.

Guests will include representatives from “across the live sector” and MVT partner organisations including the Musicians’ Union, UK Music and disabled fans’ advocacy charity Attitude is Everything.

MTV earlier this month hosted three English regional meetings, in Manchester, Leicester and Bristol.

“As a UK-wide organisation it’s important for us to emphasise that we represent grassroots music venues from across Britain, and in order to do this we need to go out and talk to the people that run those venues,” says MVT’s strategic director, Beverley Whitrick. “We are aware that we have a limited number of Music Venues Alliance members in Wales to date but are keen to build our networks and listen to the issues for venues there. Some of the challenges will be the same as in England or Scotland but others may be specific to Wales, so this is something we need to know.”

Anyone wanting to attend should email [email protected] to reserve a place.