Small Live Music Venues - Who Needs Them Anymore?
Across countries, all around the world, small live music venues have been the backbone of the live touring circuit for bands & local music fans for decades.
Now, venues are facing challenges from rising costs without rising revenues, artists touring less for the same reason & new residential neighbours bringing noise issues.
How do these changes affect established venues & artists at all levels, local communities that want a place to see live music & what is being done to keep the independent spirit alive?
We explore how venues are fighting back, how the industry & government should, could & is supporting them and be how artists feel about these venues in the past, present and future.
Additional Supporting Materials
- How important are small venues really to artists, the industry and local communities? Surely it makes sense to have fewer bigger venues that cost less
- Why are so many small venues around the world closing down? What is the cause, why can't it be stopped & what is being done to support them?
- How would new artists hone their talent if small venues disappeared? Where would the industry go to discover new artists?
- Sybil Bell, Founder, Independent Venue Week
- Erin Benjamin , Executive Director, Music Canada Live
- Showcasing Artist, Performing Artist, Showcasing Artist
- Jason McNeeley, Owner/Booker, Hotel Vegas Austin
Sybil Bell, Founder, Independent Venue Week
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