Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of UK grassroots music venues, has announced that 13 out of the 30 GMVs on their ‘Save Our Venue Red List’ have successfully been removed from immediate threat – including Sheffield’s own Plot 22
Grassroots music venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.
In November the charity revealed its Traffic Light campaign – a new phase of its hugely successful #saveourvenues campaign which is seeking to reopen every venue safely after the Covid crisis.
The Traffic Light focussed fundraising work on securing the future of 30 venues who were ineligible to receive funding from, or wholly or partially unsuccessful in their application to, the government backed ‘Culture Recovery Funds.’
As a result of the support from local communities, councils and the creative community, 13 venues have now been removed from the ‘red list.’
Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust said: “We want to thank every artist, every audience member, every member of our community for taking direct action which means we are able to remove these 13 venues from the Red List right now. The love shown for these venues continues to demonstrate how important they are to people and to our towns and cities. Music Venue Trust is committed to reopening every venue safely and we are going to carry on working through this crisis until that outcome is achieved.”
Mike Thompson Creative Director at Plot 22 said: “MVT’s Red List Campaign has been a real lifeline in difficult times, providing us with a credible collective platform to raise much-needed funds alongside other vulnerable venues and organisations all around the country. We were humbled by the generous support of both the MVT and the general public, who collectively raised more than we anticipated. We’re incredibly grateful for the support we’ve been offered and the value people have put into the grassroots music sector. It gives us stability for the present and hope for the future.”
Music Venue Trust is now reviewing the position of all other grassroots music venues to analyse which venues are at risk and need to be moved onto the red list. The single landing page for the crowdfunding initiative powered by Crowdfunder can be viewed at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-venues-red-list.
A range of merchandise is exclusively available to support this campaign. Every item bought directly supports a venue, with MVT paying the costs of printing, packing and delivery.