Who’s responsibility is it to save grassroots music venues?

Emma Bownes

Vice President, Venue Programming
AEG Europe

Whose responsibility is it to save grassroots music venues?

Its widely accepted that the boom at the top end of the concert market is driving overall growth in the sector, but the grassroots venues are closing regularly and struggling to make ends meet. The grassroots venues don’t only give artists opportunities, they provide jobs for sound engineers, bookers, promoters and more. Live music is an ecosystem, so whose job is it to support the grassroots?