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Ticketing platform launches for grassroots venues

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Music Venue Trust (MVT) and TicketWeb have launched Grassroots Venues Tickets, a website for fans to find listings and tickets for grassroots music venues across the UK.

GrassrootsVenues.Tickets launches with 16 premises already signed up to a ticket deal specifically built to support small venues.

Tickets bought via the platform attract the lowest service charge on the market, at five percent.

TicketWeb allocates a proportion of this charge to the MVT to fund national and local campaigning to stop venue closures and improve music venues.

Customers also make a fixed donation of 50p towards the maintenance and refurbishment of the venue, which is paid direct to the venue.

The result is a lower priced ticket for the customer which is directly supporting grassroots venues.

Mark Davyd, chief executive of MVT, said: ‘We wanted to bring a ticket product and service into the market that was all about supporting the Grassroots Music Venues sector.

‘There’s been a lot of talk about ethical ticketing and the music industry’s concerns about these venues. We wanted to work with a partner to develop a grassroots ticket that genuinely enables fans to know that what they are buying is directly supporting the venues they love that really need help. We’re delighted to be working with TicketWeb to deliver just that product, and to be able to do it at no extra cost to the customer.’

He added: ‘Alongside a great deal for fans and a major step forward in funding for venues, we also wanted Grassroots Venues Tickets to do something for writers and publishers.

‘In our exclusive ticket offer to venues, MVT is going to be able to track, monitor and pay collection agencies such as PRS for Music on behalf of grassroots music venues, while filing great information that ensures grassroots writers and artists are getting paid when their work is performed. It removes a significant burden of work and responsibility from venues and is a real win for writers and artists at this level.’

The next Venues Day 2017, run by MVT, takes place on 17 October at Ministry of Sound, London.




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