Music Venue Trust

Music Venue Trust announce new patrons

New appointees underline important relationship between grassroots music venues, artist community and wider music industry. Bob Vylan, Mr Scruff, Daniel Avery, James & The Cold Gun and Bradley Zero unveiled as newest artist patrons. Emma Davis & Steve Zapp announced as music industry patrons

London, 18th November 2021 Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced a number of new patrons across the artist community and wider music industry.

Since launching in 2014, MVT has emphasised the importance of its patrons as a way of maintaining close links with its key stakeholders. The sharing of insight, information and values has always been at the core of MVT’s mission.

Since 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic the relationship between MVT and its patrons has taken on a new significance with many artists playing a key role is both fundraising and awareness as part of its hugely successful #saveourvenues campaign. Latterly, the organisation’s artist patrons played a hugely important part in MVT’s ‘Revive Live’ touring initiative in partnership with the national lottery.

MVT is proud to unveil its newest artist patrons:

  • London based grime-punk duo Bob Vylan
  • Up and coming Welsh rock group James And The Cold Gun
  • English electronic music producer and DJ Daniel Avery
  • DJ, Broadcaster and Label Boss of Rhythm Section International Bradley Zero
  • Legendary record producer and DJ Mr Scruff

Bob Vylan, who played a leading role in both the Revive Live tour and in MVT’s recent  ‘Venues Day’ event, where the duo’s front man Bobby Vylan delivered an uncompromising welcome speech, praising the sector but being clear about work still needed in terms of equality and diversity said, “Grassroots venues offer a place for musicians to hone and build on their skills in a real live environment. They allow all the hard work and rehearsals that have taken place beforehand to be loudly displayed and they remain the starting ground for bands that may go on to sell out arenas and stadiums. We’ve been incredibly blessed to be able to travel around some of the grassroots venues in the UK and they’ve offered us a place to create and participate in a community fuelled by their love of music and desire to connect with others.”

MVT also benefits from advocates within the music industry, as well as broadcasters and political patrons, and have announced Emma Davis, Business Support Manager at recently established live music agency One Fiinix Live and long-term MVT supporter and acclaimed live agent Steve Zapp from ITB, as industry patrons.

Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director at Music Venue Trust said, “Our patrons have always played an invaluable role in supporting the work we do. In recent times that role became critical as they helped mobilise financial assistance and awareness during the darkest days of the pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for the commitment and breadth of knowledge and experience our patrons bring to MVT, so it is with great pride that we announce the newest members of our team.”



Notes to Editors 

Music Venue Trust is a registered charity, created in January 2014 to protect, secure and improve the UK live music network by securing the long-term future of iconic grassroots music venues such as Hull Adelphi, Exeter Cavern, Southampton Joiners, The 100 Club, Band on the Wall, Tunbridge Wells Forum etc. These venues have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills.

We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences. Long-term we plan to acquire the freeholds of as many of these vital venues as possible.

Music Venue Trust is a Charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, registration no: 1159846.

Music Venue Trust

Music Venue Trust is a UK registered charity which acts to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues.