Delayed UK reopening will be hard on grassroots venues
According to data compiled on behalf of Music Venue Trust (MVT), the UK Government will be accountable for the mass closure of grassroots music venues "within days" if it does not permit reopening on June 21. 

If ministers decide next week not to go to Step 4 of the reopening roadmap, clubs will face a "immediate financial and confidence crisis." MVT stated that it will need more than £14.3 million in assistance within weeks to keep venues alive.

The Department of Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has tasked MVT with collecting statistics from its more than 900 locations across England this week.

MVT stated that immediate financial issues include tenancy, bounced loans, employee costs, and preparations already made to open and delay tax, service, and contract obligations. A staggering 93 percent of the sector – 879 grassroots music venues — are at risk of being evicted, culminating in the business`s demise.

MVT found that the prospective situation in June 2021 is "similar to, but practically worse in every way" than the one that prompted the establishment and delivery of the Emergency Grassroots Music Venue Fund in April 2020.

Mark Davyd (pictured), chief executive of Music Venue Trust, told TheTicketingBusiness: “If the Government decides on a delay on the basis of evidence about the risk to public health we would like to see and review that evidence, especially the evidence from the Social Distancing Review and the Events Research Programme, both of which were due to be published before the end of May and neither of which have been made available.

“In the event of such a delay being required by the evidence, the Government, being the source of the decision, has a duty to bring forward a comprehensive financial package immediately which would prevent the closure of premises, job losses and businesses failures.”

MVT stated while requesting information from venues that they should "not presume any change in dates is expected or conceivable as a result of this survey."

According to a recent MVT survey, almost 17,000 events with full capacity have already been confirmed between June and September, with nearly 30,000 concerts anticipated to take place in front of more than six million audience members. With support artists included, it is predicted that 91,500 individual live performances will take place throughout the season, providing over 300,000 job opportunities for musicians who are finally able to return to paid work.