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Small the ranks, and small local venues represent

Small local music venues are the breeding
ground for the arena, stadium and festival headliners of tomorrow. Success for
musical acts doesn’t come overnight, it comes from rising through the ranks,
and small local venues represent an essential early rung on that ladder. They
also provide an essential function for local communities, and offer formative
musical experiences for fans. A worrying number of these venues are being
closed, with more under threat, which is beginning to be damaging to bands and
fans alike. JAMES HICKEY

It is
a scary time for live music, in this present time there are a lot of brilliant
young bands coming through but unfortunately a lot of venues cannot afford to
stay open. Without these venues live music will begin to perish and all these great
raw bands will have nowhere to shape their sound. It is where aspiring artists and
bands begin to learn their trade and craft as well as develop some kind of fan
base, be up close and
personal with fans old and new, to socialise and network on the scene. It also allows bands and artists to express themselves more as there is
less pressure to bring a huge crowd when you are starting out.

 

Small
independent venues are absolutely central to the live music business. The
majority of small venues are reasonably moderate, meaning they will attract an
audience wanting to get easy and affordable access to new music. Big names such
as The Beatles, Coldplay and David Bowie all started the same way – small
venues equal as the root or starting point of success in the music industry and
initially give ‘big breaks’ to upcoming artists and bands. Labour MP and former Government minister John Spella told Music Week, “As
Paul McCartney says, (The Beatles) career could’ve been very different had they
not had the pubs and clubs to play when they were starting”.  

James
Hanley January 11th 2018 ( http://www.musicweek.com/live/read/we-have-got-to-change-the-law-to-protect-small-music-venues-uk-music-biz-unites-in-support-of-the-grassroots-circuit/071063)

During a time of monetary
vulnerability and free and effortlessly attainable music, small and independent
venues can be effectively overlooked and disregarded. Be that as it may, small
venues are the blood of the music business in creating and supporting youthful
and rising ability. Small independent
music venues have been, and currently are under considerable pressure, both
regulatory and financially. They have been consistently under threat for the last few years
for a variety of economic reasons. These threats effects musicians as it gets
rid of their starting point, most independent venues will already have PRS
license, up and coming bands are rarely able to afford a PRS license themselves
and this will be needed in order to play in a bigger venue. Without experience,
a band cannot gain any kind of reputation or status and so without these venues
going out on a limb, there would be no place for upcoming bands and artists to
develop.

The main concern is cash
flow. In any case, there has been a sharp fall in the measure of cash being
spent at small venues – those with a limit of beneath 1,500. These are the
settings that have been shutting in their droves over the previous decade,
declining by 35% in London on account of increasing costs, weights from
property designers and strict authorizing laws.

Due to downloads and streaming it is very hard to
make money from releasing music unless bands and artists get a massive push
from one of the big radio stations, which is very rare, so bands rely on travelling
the country playing music venues, usually for very little money, to build a
following and a fan base.

The good thing about small
venues is they are low in cost, so for example, if you were to put on a gig in
Brighton you don’t have to break the bank putting the gig on, nor do you have
to charge enormous ticket prices which can put people off especially
when the band or artist is not so well