19.07/2019: London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced numbers that show more music venues are opening in London, after nearly a decade of decline.
Following the work of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Night Czar Amy Lamé to reverse London venues closures UK Music CEO Michael Dugher wrote an open letter to the Evening Standard:
“UK Music welcomes new figures showing a 6 per cent rise in the number of music venues in London. Following a decade of decline in grassroots music venues across the UK this is good news from the capital.
The work of Mayor Sadiq Khan and Night Czar Amy Lamé is to be applauded. Their efforts, which include adoption of the agent of change principle in the London Plan, abolition of the discriminatory Form 696 and the creation of a London Music Board has contributed greatly to achieving this increase.
The Treasury however argues that music venues “are not similar in nature to pubs and clubs” and so not eligible for new business rates relief. This is despite at least one under threat London venue, the Macbeth, seeing their rates increase by as much as 806 per cent in recent years.
If growth in music venues is to be maintained it is vital that business rate relief for music venues is prioritised.”
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