Ed Sheeran backs plan to secure the future of grassroots music venues

Ed Sheeran threw his weight behind a scheme to help secure the long-term future of grass-roots music venues across the UK, saying: “Small, independent venues are important to music community”.

he Own Our Venues was launched in June by the Music Venue Trust (MVT) charity as part of a “radical” move to help an area in crisis following the impact of the pandemic shutdown and lockdown. affected by rising energy costs.

This is the first step in the group’s long-term plan to take control of the free possessions of music institutions and bring them into a state of benevolent property protection.

The scheme is looking to raise an initial £3.5 million by the end of 2022 to acquire nine locations across the UK in an attempt to sustain their future.

Pop superstar Sheeran said: “Our Venue alone is an initiative that I’m really passionate about getting behind.

“Small, independent venues are so important to the music community, and I’ve played some of my favorite gigs of my career at these rooms.

“We must do all we can to protect these beautiful places we all love, for many years to come.”

Singer-songwriter who started her career and played at small local venues before becoming an award-winning global star.

Our Private Place concept builds on the Community Sharing model that has been used to protect and protect local pubs, post offices and sports fields.

Once the nine sites are purchased, they will be made available back to operators at a reduced rent and contribution towards building repairs and insurance.


Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran got his start as a busker and played with small crowds in local pubs (Liam McBurney/PA)

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The plan aims to provide market-appropriate and long-term security rentals for facility locations.

MVT said that since the campaign launched in June, hundreds of individuals and companies have pledged their support through direct investment in the project or through the Crowdfunder campaign.

“We were blown away by the support for Own Our Venues,” said Mark Davyd, CEO and founder of MVT.

“This is a campaign that really resonates with music fans who understand exactly how important it is to maintain access to live music in our communities, towns and cities. right across the UK.

“With the Steam Collecting Own Our Venues project, we are extremely pleased to have Ed’s support for this initiative – he understands the field very well and understands its importance.”

Matt Otridge, ownership coordinator for MVT, added: “We have extended the deadline for investors to participate until December 31, 2022 to give everyone a chance to participate and make it happen. realistic.

“We’ve had an incredible response to this initiative right here in the music industry and music community, and we can’t wait to announce some very significant investments from key stakeholders”.

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