UK Government announce £1.57 billion in funding for the arts

After an outcry from those in the music industry for the Government to help out music venues with the #LetTheMusicPlay initiative, Boris Johnson announced £1.57bn in funding for the arts. In May, the Music Venue Trust…

UK lockdown easing: What happens next for music venues?

The UK government have announced changes to lockdown next month which will see pubs and restaurants re-open but no news for venues. From July 4th restaurants, cinemas, pubs, galleries, hotels and hairdressers will be allowed…

Australia & Germany reveal how they’ll relaunch live music following Coronavirus

As we approach the midway point of 2020 countries are starting to look at how we’ll rebuild after the effects of COVID-19 and it’s impact on industries like live music. The Coronavirus has had a…

9 out of 10 independent music venues in the US may shutdown after Coronavirus

A new report suggests a shocking statistic that 90% of independent venues in the US may shutdown from lack of business and government support. National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) have published the results of a…

UK Government slashes business rates for grassroots music venues

The government has announced a serious cut in business rates required by 230 small and medium sized venues. The change will apply to all music venues across the UK with a rateable value below £51,000,…

Putney Half Moon Saved From Closure

As the established venues are finding it harder to make ends meet, and we look over the precipice of the Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, anticipating the big splash that will be made in the mainstream live…

Good News For Live Music Fans – UK Set To Relax Licensing Laws

Licensing laws look set to be revised, after an announcement on Dec 31st by licensing Minister Gerry Sutcliffe. Prior to the last licensing review, when 24 hour alcohol licensing was introduced, a license was not…