Venues Day is a conference that brought together venue owners, event organisers, musicians, industry experts and MPs to focus on ways that grassroots music venues across the UK can be supported in practical ways to survive and flourish.
Looking at issues such as licensing, noise, innovation and legislation, the conference took place at London’s famous Ministry of Sound club in Elephant and Castle on October 20th.
A group of BIMM students were lucky enough to attend the Venues Day conference, working as event stewards to help the event run smoothly, and were able to network with a variety of attendees in the open sessions afterwards. Suzy Moosa, Molly Self, Matt Johnson, Lewis Left and Arabella Saucell are all Event Management & Music Business students at BIMM London and attended the conference.
Young students like these will be the people directly affected by the outcome of music venue management in the coming years so it was a great chance to place some of our BIMM undergraduates at the heart of the decision-making. Suzy Moosa was one of those in attendance:
“Venues Day was a great opportunity to meet and network with the people behind the music industries’ grassroots venues from across the country. It was amazing to be able to come together as a community and tackle key issues that could potentially be threatening the livelihood of the live music scene in the upcoming years. Overall it was a really valuable and rewarding day.”
Representatives came from UK Music, BPI, BBC 6 Music, Music Venues Trust and more, and the event was mentioned on UK-wide media, including BBC News and Radio. Speakers included Steve Lamacq of 6 Music; Michael Dugher MP, the Shadow Culture Secretary; Geoff Taylor, CEO of the BRIT Awards and BPI; and Mark Davyd, CEO of the Music Venue Trust.
Nicky Kingsbury-Williams, BIMM’s Industry Placements and Careers Coordinator, said:
“Our student representatives helped to steward the event, welcoming the music industry guests and helping to sign in guests for the break-out sessions. They were welcomed to network on the day and found the event extremely invaluable.”