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Interview with Gavin Sharp, Chief Executive, Inner City Music (owner/operator of Band on the Wall)

Band on the Wall in Manchester is one of the city’s longest-running music venues. This interview with its Chief Executive highlights some of the difficulties in running a small music venue in 2017 and shows that even Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations are not necessarily immune to the issues posed by city centre development. It also highlights the importance of music in education and contains a useful list of the environmental sustainability initiatives in action at the venue. The text is based on a telephone interview with Emma Webster on 30th October 2017 and forms part of the UK Live Music Census project, on whose website the post was first published.

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Interview with Guto Brychan, Chief Executive, Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach is one of longest-running small live music venues in the city. In this blog post the Chief Executive Guto Brychan talks about the history of the venue, its position within Cardiff’s live music ecology, the Save Womanby Street campaign, the ‘Agent of Change’ principle, skills development and funding within the sector, and the importance of developing the next generation of fans. It is based on a telephone interview with Dr Emma Webster on 8th November 2017 and forms part of the UK Live Music Census project, where it was first published.

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Agent of Change principle progresses to second reading in Parliament – Music Venue Trust

Three years after Frank Turner launched the Music Venue Trust campaign to make Agent of Change a part of UK Law to protect grassroots music venues, music fans, artists, organisations and politicians united behind John Spellar MP’s Ten Minute Rule Bill, which was read in Parliament on Wednesday 10 January and no objections were raised. A huge list of sponsors of the Bill accompanied the first reading, meaning that this can now progress to a second reading. This is an important step in the campaign to get Agent of Change on the statute books.

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Interview with Emma Rule, founder of Musicians Against Homelessness

Musicians Against Homelessness is an initiative set up by Emma Rule in 2016 with a twofold aim: to raise money for the homeless and to help young musicians to get gigs and exposure for their music. The interview is one of a number of profile interviews carried out as part of the UK Live Music Census project.

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Making festivals accessible: Chase Park Festival, Gateshead – Alistair McDonald

Chase Park Festival is one of the UK’s most inclusive festivals and is one of very few to have been awarded Gold for accessibility by Attitude Is Everything. This week’s blog post by the festival’s organiser, Alistair McDonald, gives some background to the festival, lays out some ideas for best practice around accessibility, and offers some more general advice to people looking to run events.

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Ten things learned at Venues Day 2017 – Emma Webster and Adam Behr

2017 saw the fourth instalment of the (hopefully) now annual Venues Day, which gathered over 300 venues from across the UK in one room at the Ministry of Sound in London. The ten things we learned this year include developments around the Agent of Change principle, the importance of data, and that generally (hopefully!) the situation seems to be starting to improve for the grassroots music venue sector.

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The Rocktober Report: The Live Music Act, One Year On – UK Music / Musicians’ Union
The UK Festival Market Report 2010 – Matt Brennan and Emma Webster
Social Semiotics – The Business of Live Music: Special IssueMusicians’ Union’s Live Music Kit
Destination Music: The contribution of music festivals and major concerts to tourism in the UK
The Event Safety Guide: A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events (Second edition)Ticketmaster and Live Nation: A report on the completed merger between Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc and Live Nation, Inc [full report / appendices and glossary]
EU Creative Industries Funding Guide: Joanna Parker.
Supporting UK Musicians Abroad: Julia Payne and Adam Jeanes – Arts Council and British Council research on funding opportunities.

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