Monday, January 27, 2020

Rate reduction relief

The news that business rates for small and medium-sized grassroots music venues are to be halved gets this year's Independent Venue Week off to the best possible start. Rates for many city-centre venues have been rising sharply in recent years, and have been a major factor in some closing and many others struggling.

This latest development is both testimony to the hard work and persistence of the Music Venue Trust in putting pressure on the authorities and a welcome sign that perhaps the plight of grassroots music in the UK might finally be registering with those who have the power to do something about it.

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