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One UK grassroots music venues closing per week Published Date: 02/01/2024

It has widely been reported that, according to the Music Venue Trust, "around 93% of UK grassroots music venues have got a private landlord."

Jay Taylor from charity said:

"Landlords want to collect rent: music venues want to champion artists. On average, a venue is only ever 18 months away from its next rent review, and that rent is only ever going up."

The Music Venue Trust is working with grassroots venues to try and secure their future, by buying existing venues from private landlords and acting as a "benevolent" landlord to the existing venue's managers or owners.

The trust describes it as being like the "National Trust" of music venues.