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Agent of Change NOW

by Music Venue Trust category: Music

“UK Parliament Act NOW: Back the John Spellar AGENT OF CHANGE Bill & protect live music #SaveLiveMusic #AgentofChange http://thndr.me/8j6qZl

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Music Venue Trust
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314% of goal supported
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This campaign ended on January 10, 2018 at 10AM

Agent of Change NOW

Since 2015, Music Venue Trust has been campaigning for the UK government to introduce Agent of Change into UK Law. John Spellar MP is introducing a Private Members Bill on 10 January 2018 which would make Agent of Change a reality.

The Agent of Change Principle is not complicated or controversial, it’s simple common sense: Agent of Change says that the person or business responsible for the change is responsible for managing the impact of the change.

This means that an apartment block to be built near an established live music venue would have to pay for soundproofing, while a live music venue opening in a residential area would be responsible for the costs. A resident who moves next door to a music venue would, in law, be assessed as having made that decision understanding that there’s going to be some music noise, and a music venue that buys a new PA would be expected to carry out tests to make sure its noise emissions don’t increase.

At the moment, UK law says that whoever is making a nuisance is always responsible for that nuisance. If a noise exists, you can deliberately move next to it and demand it be turned off and UK law will support you. You can build balsawood huts next door to a music venue and simply wait for your residents to complain and the venue will have to pay all the costs to reduce their noise. This is unfair and unreasonable. John Spellar's Bill will stop it.

We need to send a strong and powerful message to Parliament that the UK's Grassroots Music Venues are important to our local communities and to our music industry. It's simple common sense to protect music venues from people moving into new flats next door and complaining they can hear music, and insist that developers who want to build next door to music venues take the responsibility of making sure our music venues can continue to be in our towns and cities. 

  • The Home Stretch!

    January 4, 2018
    A message from Sir Paul McCartney:

    Throughout my career I’ve been lucky enough to play in venues of all different shapes and sizes, from tiny clubs to massive stadiums all over the world. Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different.

    I support Music Venue Trust because artists need places to start out, develop and work on their craft and small venues have been the cornerstone for this. If we don’t support live music at this level then the future of music in general is in danger.

    Thank you to all of you who have already supported our biggest ever social media campaign. On Wednesday 10 January we have a real opportunity to finally get Agent of Change into UK law. Please RT the Thunderclap, ask your friends and colleagues to join, and set your social media for a big hit of tweets and activity at 10am. 



  • THANK YOU! First target reached

    December 18, 2017
    Huge thanks to the 500 plus of you that have already got behind this campaign in the first 72 hours. Our next target is 1000 sign ups which would enable us to reach 1 million people with our message that Grassroots Music Venues need proper protection. 

    We plan to take our message direct to Parliament on 10 January, and MPs from all sides are getting behind this campaign to make Agent of Change part of UK Law. You can read more here 

    Thank you for supporting the campaign. Please tweet using #AgentofChange and #SaveLiveMusic to encourage more people to sign up. 
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Music Venue Trust
@musicvenuetrust

Music Venue Trust is a UK registered charity which acts to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues.

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