|Live music at grassroots venues|
Although there are a number of factors in play, it is clear that having set up the London Music Board and commissioned a report into how Londons music culture can be preserved is starting to have an effect.
|Without Grassroots venues, London won't call anyone|
Our campaign has worked tirelessly to make the case. Grassroots venues are vital to keep London at the epicentre of the worlds music scene. Without small venues where new artists can hone their trade, there is absolutely no way we can maintain our artistic creativity base. Without this, the £4 billion contribution the music industry makes will whither and die.
We (The #SaveLondonMusic) are now in our third year and we believe that we've played a major role in making the case for small venues. We see our role as twofold. We work behind the scenes, campaigning and lobbying for live venues. This involves writing hundreds of emails and letters to various politicians and other key decision makes, reading thick reports and trying to ensure that grassroots venues get the best deal possible. Then there is the public work. This involves setting up live music events and promoting live music through our website. Last year was phenomenal. We staged the North Finchley Fest putting on over 50 artists at six venues. In 2016, in association with the Robert Elms show, we made a definitive list of grassroots venues in London and we tried to put on as many gigs as possible at these venues.
So where has this got us? What have we achieved? Clearly the tide has turned. In part this is due to a real re-awakening of interest in live music. How are we getting on in our aims
In three years, we've managed to put agent of change legislation on the agenda. As Music Week details this week, this in itself isn't enough, but it is one of many aspects of the campaign that will make a difference. Here is our agenda :-
In short, we are starting to turn the time. To quote Winston Churchill. With regards to our campaign to #SaveLondonMusic, it is not the end, it is not the beginning of the end, it is the end of the beginning.