Mu­sic venues hold key talks

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL | NEWS -

The first talks have been held be­tween Scot­tish mu­sic venues on how they can work to pro­tect their busi­nesses.

Or­gan­ised by the Mu­sic Ven­ture Trust in Glas­gow yes­ter­day, the meet­ing was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Aberdeen venues Kraka­toa and The Le­mon Tree.

The group is aim­ing to find new ways to pro­tect grass­roots mu­sic venues and has been given back­ing by mu­si­cal su­per­stars in­clud­ing Sir Paul McCart­ney and KT Tun­stall.

Strate­gic direc­tor Bev­er­ley Whitrick said: “We are de­lighted to have brought so many venues to­gether and we hope this leads to the for­ma­tion of a Mu­sic Venues Al­liance group that can ad­dress the needs of these vi­tal venues in Scot­land.

“This is hap­pen­ing at a time when there is a real op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with Scot­tish Govern­ment on ideas such as Agent of Change and make real progress on mea­sures to pro­tect, se­cure and im­prove grass­roots mu­sic venues.”

Agent of Change re­quires build­ing devel­op­ers to con­sider the im­pact of any nearby venues be­fore con­struc­tion on their prop­erty be­gins.

This could, for ex­am­ple, lead to houses be­ing

“Agent of Change pro­vides the so­lu­tion”

sound­proofed to lower the num­ber of pos­si­ble com­plaints about live mu­sic.

North East Labour MSP Lewis Mac­don­ald was also at the meet­ing.

He said: “From con­ver­sa­tions at to­day’s event, it is clear the risk of be­ing forced out of busi­ness by new de­vel­op­ments is one of the most press­ing is­sues fac­ing live mu­sic venues in our cities. Agent of Change pro­vides the so­lu­tion to that prob­lem.”

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