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Independent Venue Week programme published – including three CMU panels

By | Published on Friday 22 January 2021

Independent Venue Week

Next week is Independent Venue Week and – with the UK still in lockdown – this year the independent venue community will come together online for a wide-ranging and eclectic mix of performances, discussions, interviews and quizzes.

That includes three panel discussions presented by CMU Insights. Taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5pm, these sessions will bring together experts from across the music community to discuss some very timely topics.

On Tuesday we’ll look at how the live music industry has come together during the COVID pandemic, collaborating and lobbying in a much more proactive way. Can that collaboration continue beyond the current crisis, and how might that benefit the independent music community? And also, does the live side of the business need to be talking more regularly to labels, publishers and managers?

On Wednesday we’ll be looking at how the COVID-caused rise of online concerts and performances has actually made live music more accessible – one of the few upsides of the pandemic. How can that be maintained beyond COVID? And how can live streaming be enhanced to make sure it can be fully utilised and enjoyed by disabled and deaf music-makers and music fans?

On Thursday we’ll be looking beyond the pandemic and considering what the future live music industry looks like. How much talent and infrastructure will have been lost by the time live music returns? And will live streaming and other digital innovations become part of the live music experience long-term?

Among the experts taking part in these panels are Bush Hall’s Betsy Harley, Drake Music’s Carien Majer, Arts Council England’s Claire Mera-Nelson, Featured Artists Coalition’s David Martin, artist manager and MMF board member Ellie Giles, Sage Gateshead’s Emily Jones, Attitude Is Everything’s Jacob Adams, artist John Kelly, Brudenell Social Club’s Nathan Clark, Marauder’s Rev Moose, ATC and Driift’s Ric Salmon, artist Ruth Patterson and Sybil Bell from Independent Venue Week.

The CMU panels are just one part of the IVW programme. In terms of streamed performances, there are programmes curated by Gruff Rhys and Music Feeds, while independent venues around the UK will present sets from the likes of Alasdair Roberts Trio, E├Ądyth, Connor Fyfe, Emily Rhodes, Cowgirl, Gerry Lyons, Lau.ra, New Pagans, New Model Army, Tom Hingley, Natalie McCool and Pixey. Plus there’ll be a performance from IVW ambassador Arlo Parks streamed from London’s Bush Hall.

There are also a series of in conversations and a premiere screening of a new documentary called ‘On The Road With Independent Venue Week’.

For more information on the CMU panels click here. And for the full IVW 2021 programme click here.