Music Venue Trust publishes guidance on how to set up and run your own music venue

Music Venue Trust (MVT) has published two free guides to support individuals and organisations in creating and running their own music venue in a bid to increase the number of venues opening in the UK.

You can download How to Open a Grassroots Music Venue here and How to Run a Grassroots Music Venue here.

Information within the manuals is gathered from the decades of experience from MVT's venue network, as well as the past five years of their own work. Contents include:

  • licensing
  • company structure
  • facilities required
  • diversification
  • interviews with grassroots venue owners
  • successes and issues
  • illustrations

MVT will look at updating resources and the guides with new information as it becomes relevant.

Mark Davyd, CEO of MVT, said: "When I was 17, I put on my first gig and over the next ten years I met lots of other like-minded people who wanted to do the same. Eventually, after five years of trying, we got together and opened our own venue. Nobody ever gave us advice, and we must have made every mistake possible. Most people I know in the grassroots music sector have a similar story, which is why we wanted to publish these guides. We want these books to inspire people to join us and open their own venues and the message is simple: you can build a stage the band doesn’t fall through, you can get a licence that doesn’t prevent you from opening on a Wednesday, and you can avoid having to rebuild the venue from scratch, only this time with enough doors."

Read more about the guides here.

 

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