Music Venue Trust

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Music Venue Trust
Music Venue Trust logo.png
FormationJanuary 2014; 6 years ago (2014-01)
TypeCharitable organisation
Registration no.1159846[1]
HeadquartersTileyard Studios[1]
  • 31 Tileyard Road
    London N7 9AH[1]
Coordinates51°32′34″N 0°07′24″W / 51.542738°N 0.123449°W / 51.542738; -0.123449
Region served
United Kingdom, United States
Mark Davyd[1]
Strategic Director
Beverley Whitrick[1]

The Music Venue Trust is a British charitable organisation that was founded in January 2014 to help improve, maintain, and organise music venues in the United Kingdom. The MVT also operates the Music Venues Alliance, a network of venues and other groups that aid the MVT, and the Trade Association of the Music Venues Alliance, which offers services that help venues that are members of the MVA.[2] Paul McCartney has spoken out in support of the MVT, saying that "If we don’t support live music at this level then the future of music in general is in danger".[3]


One of the key reasons for the foundation of the MVT was the closure of many music venues, such as Brighton's Blind Tiger Club, due to noise complaints;[4] this is especially important as noise complaints are becoming more frequent, as new laws have been introduced that make it easier to convert offices into housing.[5] Another key concern that the MVT claims is facing venues is Arts Council England's lack of funding for venues; Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director of the MVT, said in 2017 she could not estimate how many clubs would close in the next five years.[6]


The MVA founded an international affiliate organisation in Austin, Texas in 2016, targeting state taxes that are seen as punitive towards local venues[7] as well as the MVA New Zealand where they are fighting to have Agent of Change recognised and adopted. To clarify its political aims ahead of the 2017 general election, the MVT launched a "Manifesto for Music 2017" in May of that year.[8] Two months after the launch of the manifesto, in order to help fight the issues and closures that music venues in the UK were facing, the MVT announced that they would cooperate with Ticketweb, part of Live Nation Entertainment, to sell "Grassroots Venues Tickets", which help fund the MVT's efforts, as part of the service charge is donated to the MVT.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Contact". Music Venue Trust. 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Music Venue Trust". Music Venue Trust. 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  3. ^ "paul McCartney speaks out in support of Music Venue Trust". Louder than War. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Noise rows threaten small music venues, founders of The Forum claim - and 14,000 people agree". Kent And Sussex Courier. Kent Live. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  5. ^ Hall, Josh (12 August 2014). "Can the Music Venue Trust save Britain's pub circuit?". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  6. ^ Doward, Jamie (15 July 2017). "'Slap in the face': grassroots music venues face closure as funding bid fails". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  7. ^ Schneider, Marc (15 December 2016). "U.K.'s Music Venue Trust Expands to Austin, Texas and Targets State Liquor Tax". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Music Venue Trust publish their Manifesto for Music". Music Industries Association. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Music Venue Trust and Ticketweb Launch Grassroots Venues Tickets Website". Live Nation Entertainment. July 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.

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