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Music Venue Trust announces five new appointments

By | Published on Tuesday 2 August 2022

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The UK’s Music Venue Trust has announced that a number of people who have recently worked with the organisation on a freelance basis have now been appointed to new permanent roles.

Rebecca Walker, who has been coordinating MVT’s National Lottery sponsored Revive Live programme, having previously worked at Sheffield’s Leadmill venue, becomes Live Projects Coordinator.

Jay Taylor and Sophie Asquith, who both worked with the organisation on a freelance basis in 2020 and 2021, become MVT Coordinators for England. Taylor has previously worked for various music industry organisations and events, as well as working at Manchester’s Night & Day venue. And Asquith previously spent six years as General Manager & Booker at London’s Bush Hall.

Matthew Otridge has been appointed as the lead coordinator on MVT’s recently launched #OwnOurVenues initiative, which he has already been helping to develop on a freelance basis, tapping into his own experience running venues in Bristol.

And finally Chris Sherrington, who has 20 years of experience in live music, including running his own venue The Fulford Arms in York, becomes Policy & Strategy Support Officer, having previously been MVT’s Coordinator for the North East of England.

Commenting on all these appointments, MVT COO Beverley Whitrick says: “These permanent appointments of amazing colleagues who have already proven themselves invaluable members of the grassroots music community during an incredibly challenging period for the sector will take MVT’s ability to innovate, advocate and coordinate to a new level. All five bring proven experience, skills, insight and passion to our team and we are delighted to welcome them on board”.

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