The sold-out event will feature speakers including Frank Turner and Steve Lamacq.

Music Venue Trust is delighted to announce the final line-up of panels, speakers, networking and information sharing at Venues Day 2017 which takes place at Ministry of Sound on Tuesday 17 October.

With panels featuring the issues that really matter to grassroots music venues and the artists who play there, industry experts, venue representatives and artists themselves will explore challenges such as money, safety, access to gigs for under 18s and best practice tips on marketing and publicity. Speakers include Frank Turner, Charlotte Brimner (Be Charlotte), Elijah (Butterz), Rhoda Dakar, John Robb (The Membranes), Tracey Wise (Safe Gigs for Women), David Bury (Supersonic Media), Remi Harris MBE and John Spellar MP.

Steve Lamacq from BBC6 Music will be providing the welcome this year, with an opening panel presented by UK Music to discuss the facts that matter for venues and why we need to gather evidence to support the sector.

For the fourth year Venues Day has sold out, with well over 200 venues from across the UK represented amongst the 500+ delegates. As ever, the emphasis is on it being a practical day.

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“Every venue should leave the event with new contacts and ideas they can use to make their own venue run a little better. Venues Day is not a talking shop, it’s designed specifically to help the members of the Music Venues Alliance connect with each other and supportive organisations, companies and individuals,” said Event Producer Beverley Whitrick.

Grassroots Music Venue representatives will be able to spend 10 minutes networking directly with agents representing new and emerging artists, speed networking with the people who can help them create great line-ups in a new area called The Sandbox. MVT partners Deviate Digital have brought together the best in new tech companies who want to work with GMVs to provide better services and increase audiences for Venue Futures. And long-term partners TicketWeb and Whitelight will be there to discuss developments on GrassrootsVenues.Tickets and Sound + Vision, just two of the initiatives Music Venue Trust has brought forward this year to support the network.

“Venues Day has quickly become the national event for Grassroots Music Venues,” said Mark Davyd, MVT CEO. “We really appreciate the support of all the venues from across the country and our sponsors and partners who have got behind this event and made it such a big day in the calendar.”

Venues Day 2017 partners include TicketWeb, UK Music, Help Musicians UK, Openstage, Academy Music Group, Estrella Damm, White Light, Jackpot Peanut Butter and Jack Daniel's. Full details of the schedule are available at the MVT website here.

The TicketWeb team will be at Ministry of Sound throughout the day based in the main bar area, so make sure you swing by or email them with any questions.

MVT press release, 12 October 2017

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