Music Venues Alliance, a new trade body aimed at protecting live music venues, has formed following a string of venue closures over the last year.
The existing Music Venue Trust, launched by the smaller venue community a year ago, will do the actual donkey work of lobbying and campaigning, but it will now also sit on and have access to the UK Music UK Live Music Group. Which, you might remember, is the trade group of live music trade groups sitting within the trade group of music industry trade groups. Yeah, keep up.
The announcement comes after a meeting called by London Mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall yesterday to discuss how public authorities can better support music venues in the capital. The Mayor's Office is apparently also planning to set up a task force to look into the issues affecting music venues specifically in London.
And Jack Daniel’s has announced a yearlong initiative to bring greater awareness to independent small venues in 2015. Venues including Glasgow’s King Tuts, the Zanzibar in Liverpool, and the Birmingham Rainbow will host regular ‘Jack Rocks’ nights throughout the year that will also feature up-and-coming talent alongside established acts.
In other venue news, The O2, Wembley Arena and Academy Music Group have all banned the use of selfie sticks at live events. A spokesperson for The O2 told Billboard: "The O2 do not allow selfie sticks into the arena due to safety considerations and so as not to impact the view of other fans. We welcome selfies, but leave the stick at home please".