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Grassroot venue champions from the UK, Europe and the US came together for the fifth IQ Focus session to discuss the future of this important part of the industry
This panel in the IQ Focus series looked at the unique challenges that the Covid-19 crisis poses for grassroots music venues.
Featuring those working on the frontline to protect the world’s smaller venues, the Grassroots Music Venues in Crisis panel looked at what is needed to ensure these vital parts of the live music ecosystem remain in business.
Joining chair Sarah Slater, Ticketmaster UK’s vice president of music and festivals, was Mark Davyd, founder and CEO of grassroots venues charity the Music Venue Trust; Rev. Moose, co-founder of the newly formed National Independent Venue Association; Karsten Schölermann, chairman of German venue association LiveKomm; Lluís Torrents, president of Catalonian venue association Asacc (Associació de sales de concerts de catalunya) and co-director of Barcelona venue Razzmatazz; and Kathy Flück from Swiss venue the Dachstock.
Following a previous IQ Focus discussion on arenas, stadia and other large venues, the conversation turned to grassroots venues which, although among the hardest hit by the shutdown, are likely to reopen earlier than many other parts of the business, bringing a distinct set of opportunities, challenges and questions.
Just what this reopening will look like, and what potential long-term changes can be expected, was at the centre of the panellists’ conversation.