#SaveLondonMusic – Live music in London – The tide is turning

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.

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Why the grassroots circuit needs more than just Agent Of Change to help it thrive

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 be good news, smaller venues will need more than a sympathetic ear over noise complaints if they’re to survive in the music industry’s bold new future. Such complaints are usually the final straw in a venue’s demise, rarely the first one.

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#SaveLondonMusic – Parliamentary Inquiry into Live Music – Part 1 – The Invitation for submissions

Are you involved in Arts and Live Music in London? If you are this will be of the utmost importance to you. There is a Parliamentary inquiry into how this can be protected and promoted.  This article forms three parts. Part 1 –  This is the email inviting submissions from interested parties. I received this in my capacity as founder of The Save London Music Campaign. Tomorrow I will publish my submission and on Wednesday a commentary. Please circulate to any interested parties
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North Finchley Festival – Full Program

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There is some great news. The full line up for the North Finchley Music Festival has been announced,
for the weekend 20-21 May. There are some amazing musicians at Six
great venues and best of all, it is all free.There is probably just about every genre of music represented over the weekend and whether you fancy some classical piano, Ska, Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Jazz, Swing, Country, to name just a few. Please check the full list and click a few links!

Many thanks to Barnet Council for the generous grant to make it all possible and allow such an
incredible line up of varied acts to perform.

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Britain Deserves a Grassroots Music Venue Circuit fit for the Artists and Audience of the 21st Century

Latest News from Music Venues Trust:

It’s Time: Britain Deserves a Grassroots Music Venue Circuit fit for the Artists and Audience of the 21st Century

Music Venue Trust has announced its response to HM Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper and Creative Sector Review. You can read all about it and download the full response from our website here: http://musicvenuetrust.com/…/its-time-britain-deserves-wor…/

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Save London Music Campaign welcomes Amy Lamé appointment as UK’s first-ever Night Czar

The Save London Music campaign today welcomed the news that the mayor of London has appointed Amy Lamé as the Night Czar with a specific brief to ensure that Londons night time industries, including live music venues, are represented at the highest levels and have a proper advocate in local government.

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