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Independent Venue Week to launch in the US this summer

By | Published on Monday 5 February 2018

Independent Venue Week

Following the latest edition of Independent Venue Week in the UK last week, organisers have announced that a US version of the event will launch this summer.

IVW founder Sybil Bell says: “Having run Independent Venue Week in the UK for five amazing years, we felt ready to explore an international territory. We’ve been speaking to the industry and partners across the US for around three years, and now finally feels like the right time to bring this celebration to America”.

She goes on: “With five years under our belts in the UK, we’ve learned a lot about what the venues gain from the project and what matters to them. Speaking to the industry for the past few years, we believe that these same things matter in the US, so we’re beyond excited to bring IVW overseas, and for the industry and public to celebrate the vital work the venues do”.

The US version will be run under licence by PR form Marauder. The company’s boss, Rev Moose, says: “Independent venues are the backbone of the American live music scene. They’re where neighbourhoods go to support new artists that eventually turn into the hometown heroes in the national spotlight. For years we have seen the UK grow IVW from the seed of an idea into the monumental celebration it is now of these spaces. We are excited to bring that same spotlight to the small business owners that put on shows in the world’s most competitive music market”.

Independent Venue Week US will run from 9-15 Jul. Participating venues and artists will be announced in May.