SAVE LIVE MUSIC IN LONDON
Roger Tichborne set up the #SaveLondonMusic campaign in response to the closure of six local music venues in Mill Hill and the closure of two well respected recording/rehearsal studios in Southgate. Now over 20 London Studios and venues have signed up as supporters of the growing campaign. The campaign has also received endorsements from several well known musicians including Lee Thompson of Madness...
- FACT: One quarter of all London Music Venues have shut in eight years.
- FACT: In Mill Hill, NW7, one small district of London 6 music venues have closed in 7 years.
- FACT: Half of all commercial recording studios in London have closed since 2000
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After a decade and a half of decline, we are finally starting to see the tide turn in the battle to save Londons live music scene. In 2016 the Mayor of London set up a London Music Board and has also appointed a Night Tzar for music (Amy Lame). A recent report by the board has reported that the tide is turning and for the first time in a decade, the number of grassroots venues has remained stable.
Mark Sutherland has written an excellent article for music week about agent of change legislation/ The news that the government will now support plans to include the “agent of change” principle in planning law was a great victory for UK Music and all the other campaigners who turned up at the recent demonstration in Westminster and have kept the pressure on in recent months. But, while anything that helps out the beleaguered pubs and clubs that remain the lifeblood of local scenes has to … read more