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The fourth US edition of Independent Venue Week will run in the US from July 12–21, 2021 to unite venues, rising and established artists, promoters, labels, media, and tastemakers across a nationwide series of gigs. This is a unique live music project that, although it runs across the whole United States, has a completely local ...

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  • 03/12/202103/12/2021

One Year Later, Independent Venue Week Reflects on Nationwide 'Town Hall' Call That Rallied an Entire Community

The first-ever of its kind, the Independent Venue Week 'Town Hall' offered a forum for venues and promoters to come together in the face of 2020's sweeping lockdowns. 

Exactly one year later, community members reflect on the significance of that first call and the silver linings found in the face of catastrophe.

WATCH THE 'TOWN HALL' ANNIVERSARY VIDEO

 

One year ago today (March 12), Marauder hosted a call, bringing...

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03/12/2021, One Year Later, Independent Venue Week Reflects on Nationwide 'Town Hall' Call That Rallied an Entire Community
03/12/202103/12/2021, One Year Later, Independent Venue Week Reflects on Nationwide 'Town Hall' Call That Rallied an Entire Community
Announcement
03/12/2021
Announcement
03/12/2021
The first-ever of its kind, the Independent Venue Week 'Town Hall' offered a forum for venues and promoters to come together in the face of 2020's sweeping lockdowns. Exactly one year later, community members reflect on the significance of that first call and the silver linings found in the face of catastrophe. MORE» More»

The first-ever of its kind, the Independent Venue Week 'Town Hall' offered a forum for venues and promoters to come together in the face of 2020's sweeping lockdowns. 

Exactly one year later, community members reflect on the significance of that first call and the silver linings found in the face of catastrophe.

WATCH THE 'TOWN HALL' ANNIVERSARY VIDEO

 

One year ago today (March 12), Marauder hosted a call, bringing together its national Independent Venue Week network to discuss, what turned out to be, just the beginning of a year-long fight for industry survival. 

"We held that first town hall because we knew we needed to do something,” says Rev. Moose, Managing Partner of Marauder and Executive Director of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA). “Just creating the space and welcoming all those we'd consider as part of the Independent Venue Week community was our way of trying to help. The relationships, the comradery, the commiseration, and the celebration that was to come, all started with this one call. We didn't know then that the calls would continue weekly through the rest of the year, or that the community that congregated would band together in new ways, fomenting the creation of the National Independent Venue Association and a number of local organizations that all now exist to serve the independent venues and promoters that we are continually proud to champion."

The Independent Venue Week 'Town Hall' was a weekly occurrence throughout 2020 and planted the seed for the formation of NIVA, which ran the massively successful #SaveOurStages campaign. Watch the video or read below as the community reflects on this anniversary. 

 

Watch members of the Independent Venue Week community reflect on the one-year 'town hall' anniversary 

Community Members Reflect on the One-Year Anniversary 

"Bringing the independent venue and promoter community together to a place where folks even knew to get on that first phone call, Zoom and felt comfortable talking and sharing the experience, ultimately led to the Save Our Stages Act and this financial relief so desperately needed for our industry [...] We couldn’t have done it without you."
— Dayna Frank, Owner & CEO of First Avenue and NIVA Board President

“Without that kickoff session, our past year would have been unimaginably grim [...] It has been the one true silver lining of this year, personally and professionally getting to know everyone, participating in our successful lobbying and fundraising efforts, and looking beyond the pandemic to the future potential of the NIVA network."
Hal Real, Founder of World Cafe Live, Board Secretary of NIVA, and Board President of the National Independent Venue Foundation

“Without that very first IVW town hall, I can’t tell you how we would’ve made it through this year [...] Being able to have something we can focus on together and work on together is something that gave me peace, and helped me get through it knowing that I wasn’t only fighting for myself, but thousands of other people and they were fighting
for me."
— Adam Hartke, Operating Partner at Wave, Co-Owner of The Cotillion Ballroom, and Co-Chair of NIVA’s Advocacy Committee.

“I have developed what I think are real lifelong friendships with people I've never been in a room with, that are so hardworking and creative and dedicated and there for one another to bounce ideas off of [...] I think that that's going to continue in the next form of life, when everybody's vaccinated and we're all open.”
Audrey Fix Schaefer, Communications Director at I.M.P., and NIVA Board Member and Head of Communications.

 

About Independent Venue Week 

Independent Venue Week is a nationwide, seven-day celebration of independently-owned music venues and the communities they foster. The annual event brings together venues, rising and established artists, promoters, labels, media, and tastemakers to create an international series of gigs. Independent Venue Week 2021 (#IVW21) will run July 12-18. Venues can sign up to participate HERE.

 

For more information, visit Independent Venue Week's website

PRESS CONTACT:
Evan Mester | 212-993-1569 | evan@maraudergroup.com

VENUE CONTACT:
Cecilie Nielsen | 212-993-1569 | cecilie@maraudergroup.com

PARTNERSHIPS CONTACT:
Rev. MOOSE | 212-993-1569 | moose@maraudergroup.com

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Announcement
03/12/2021

01/25/2021, Independent Venue Week debuts "On The Road" Documentary featuring members of Radiohead, Portishead, IDLES, and more
01/25/202101/25/2021, Independent Venue Week debuts "On The Road" Documentary featuring members of Radiohead, Portishead, IDLES, and more
Announcement
01/25/2021
Announcement
01/25/2021
On The Road With Independent Venue Week' will make its stateside debut on Friday, January 29 at 9 pm EST. All funds from the US screening will benefit the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund as venues nationwide await federal aid via the Save Our Stages Act MORE» More»

'On The Road With Independent Venue Week' will make its stateside debut on Friday, January 29 at 9 pm EST. All funds from the US screening will benefit the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund as venues nationwide await federal aid via the Save Our Stages Act

 

This week, Independent Venue Week premieres its highly anticipated feature-length documentary, On The Road With Independent Venue Week. With appearances and interviews from members of IDLES, Pink Floyd, Portishead, Radiohead, and more, the film takes music fans on an intimate journey to the stages that act as the beating heart of the UK's independent live music scene and share the stories of those who run, work, and play in them.

On Friday, January 29 at 9 PM EST, the film will make its stateside debut via a digital screening event. Following this special screening, a pre-recorded Q&A from Monday, January 25th filmed as part of Independent Venue Week in the UK will be showcased to viewers of the feature documentary. This exclusive Q&A features Philip Selway (Radiohead), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Dom Fraser (The Boileroom), Rebecca Walker (The Leadmill), Nathan Clark (The Brudenell Social Club Leeds) Big Jeff (Bristol), and Sybil Bell (IVW Founder) hosted by Matt Everett (BBC 6 Music).

Admissions for the screening start at $3, which grants fans access to view both the full documentary and its companion prerecorded Q&A following the film's runtime. All monies raised from admissions and additional donations will go to benefit the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund to aid ailing rooms nationwide as they await federal aid via the Save Our Stages Act. 

Tickets go sale on Monday, January 25 at 6:00 PM ET, available for purchase HERE

 

About The Documentary

On The Road with Independent Venue Week is a feature documentary filmed over two years, including the 2018 and 2019 Independent Venue Week celebrations, taking you on a very special journey to independent live music venues across the UK, meeting those who run, work, and play in them.

Contributors to the feature documentary include Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Fatboy Slim, Nadine Shah, IDLES, Gaz Coombes, Novelist, Richard Hawley, Talk Show, Pip Blom, Big Jeff, and more.

The documentary was filmed on location at the following venues and includes interviews with owners and operators there; The New Adelphi Club – Hull,  The 100 Club – London, The Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, The Trades Club – Hebden Bridge,  The Boileroom – Guildford, Moles Club – Bath, The Leadmill – Sheffield, John Peel Centre – Stowmarket, The Met – Bury,  Bush Hall – London,  The Cookie – Leicester & Others

After gathering footage during #IVW18 and throughout the rest of that year, the Independent Venue Week team hit the road with Philip Selway for #IVW19, visiting places that were instrumental in the early days of Radiohead.

Speaking about his week on tour, Selway said, “Going on the road trip for Independent Venue Week, I was able to reconnect with the venues and people that I came across in the early days of touring with Radiohead. It gave me a greater insight into the highly motivated and inspirational communities that make these venues happen. They truly are the backbone and wellspring of music in the UK.” 

The passion and stories captured in the film truly reflect the love there is for these venues. Selway spoke with owners, artists, and promoters along with local people involved in their scene, including audiences, to understand how important these venues are to everyone that comes through their doors.

Sybil Bell, Founder Independent Venue Week Founder said, “Over the last 8 years of planning and running Independent Venue Week, we have met some incredible people who own and run venues all around the country. Their support of artists, live music, and their local communities means everything to them."

 

About Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week is a seven-day celebration of independently owned music venues that runs across the US. Having started in the UK in 2014, Independent Venue Week brings together venues, rising and established artists, promoters, labels, media, and tastemakers to create an international series of gigs. The annual event, which Marauder produces in America, provides collective media exposure drawing attention to the venues and key programming on both local and national levels. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Independent Venue Week raised money for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund to help ensure the survival of independent venues through 2020 while also celebrating their independence. Independent Venue Week 2021 will run July 12 - 18 in the US and independent venues and promoters can sign up to participate HERE

About NIVA Emergency Relief Fund 

The NIVA Emergency Relief Fund is a tax-deductible way for individuals, companies, and foundations to contribute. The NIVA ERF directly supports the preservation of the independent live entertainment ecosystem that presents music, comedy, and the performing arts, helping these critical spaces survive through the Coronavirus pandemic. ​Individuals, foundations, businesses, and organizations that are interested in contributing to the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund should visit ​nivassoc.org/erf.

Announcement
01/25/2021

12/14/2020, Independent Venue Week announces 2021 dates
12/14/202012/14/2020, Independent Venue Week announces 2021 dates
Announcement
12/14/2020
Announcement
12/14/2020
With the help of 143 venues in 80 cities across 33 states and gracious donations from iconic musicians who came together to celebrate these stages that gave them their start, Independent Venue Week concludes as a resounding success. MORE» More»

Independent Venue Week has announced the dates for its 2021 edition following the conclusion of #IVW20. Set to run from July 12 to 18, 2021, Independent Venue Week is now accepting sign-ups from independent venues and promoters interested in being part of next year's week-long celebration of the spirit of independence.

Independent Venue Week sends its utmost thanks to its Artist Ambassador for #IVW20, Alison Mosshart of The Kills and Dead Weather. In an op-ed published on Billboard during the final day of Independent Venue Week, Mosshart looked back at how independent venues were formative to her career and why ensuring their survival is of the top priority. 

"I wrote letters by post to independent venues around the whole of America asking if they would have us," she says.  "We didn’t even have a band name yet, nor did we use our real names… but we got so many letters back that I booked 3 solid months of gigs around the country. Those bookers were gamblers, and ultimately saviors. That tour changed our lives." 

“At the start of this year, Independent Venue Week was already on track to be the biggest one yet," states Cecilie Nielsen, Director of Special Projects at Marauder, the firm that runs Independent Venue Week in the US. "Unsurprisingly, the pandemic and the dire situation it put all of our partner venues in, forced a fundamental reconfiguration of the event and Marauder's commitment to these stages. The weekly calls we started hosting to help this national network grew and quickly led to the formation of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA). While we’re immensely proud of everything NIVA has achieved so far, including bipartisan support for the yet-to-be-passed Save Our Stages Act in Congress, we also know that these very public victories have changed nothing about the venues’ situation; they’re still not getting the help they so desperately need. So, we decided to, once again, leverage Independent Venue Week, raising approximately $17,000 dollars so far for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund through a charitable auction. We’re committed to continue these fundraising efforts for the rest of 2020 and, if need be, into next year as well.”

A first for Independent Venue Week, #IVW20 featured a series of panels with professionals from all aspects of the live industry, such as Dave Brooks (Billboard), Lizzie Newton (SXSW) and Rob Price (School of Rock), among others, providing their insights on a variety of discussion points. Topics included what venues can do to build and diversify their audience, how live events are adapting to a virtual world, and the importance these stages have to the economy and community. A day's worth of panels was dedicated to Get Schooled, which featured programming aimed towards students getting their start in the live music and events industry.

These panels, which can now be viewed on the Independent Venue Week YouTube channel, joined Independent Venue Week's traditional programming curated by and in the venues themselves.

Over the course of the seven days, Independent Venue Week hosted an auction to raise money for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, providing much-needed assistance to independent venues and promoters. Among the pieces of music history graciously donated to support this effort to #SaveOurStages include an ESP guitar signed by multiple members of Lamb of God, a pair of seats from the original Merriweather Pavilion, the signed bass of Blue Öyster Cult's Al Bochard, a cavalcade of signed and rare vinyl, and a pair of watercolor and acrylic originals from a member of The Kills' and #IVW20 Artist Ambassador, Alison Mosshart. Through this first instance of what is planned to be a series of charitable auctions for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, approximately $17,000 dollars worth of aid was amassed over the course of #IVW20. Independent Venue Week will be holding another benefit auction before the end of 2020. 

Independent Venue Week would also like to thank its partners at Eventbrite, Big Room, Ascend Insurance Brokerage, and School of Rock for helping to make #IVW20 a reality. 

 
 
  
Announcement
12/14/2020

02/05/2019, Independent Venue Week Announces US Ambassador Fantastic Negrito
02/05/201902/05/2019, Independent Venue Week Announces US Ambassador Fantastic Negrito
Announcement
02/05/2019
Announcement
02/05/2019
Returning for its second US edition July 8-14, 2019, Independent Venue Week, with Eventbrite as its exclusive ticketing partner, has announced that Fantastic Negrito will be joining as its official artist ambassador. MORE» More»

Second year of the week in the U.S. follows an incredibly successful sixth edition in the UK

Independent Venue Week proudly welcomes Eventbrite back as exclusive ticketing partner

Venues are still welcome to  apply to participate in this year's edition of Independent Venue Week

"Fantastic Negrito started playing on the streets, and independent venues gave us our first shot. In a business that doesn't know what to do with artists that don't fit in a box, they're on the front lines, bringing great live music to people everywhere." - Xavier Dphrepaulezz (Fantastic Negrito)

"It's a first step, but I'm a believer that venues should try to work together, as I think there are a lot of benefits to be had if we do. [...] IVW helps highlight that, although we are locally owned and operated, we're not alone in this pursuit to bring great artists to our local communities."

— Glenn Boothe, Marketing Director for Motorco (Durham, NC)

Returning for its second US edition July 8-14, 2019, Independent Venue Week, with Eventbrite as its exclusive ticketing partner, has announced that Fantastic Negrito will be joining as its official artist ambassador. Grammy Award winner Xavier Dphrepaulezz (Fantastic Negrito) emerged from Oakland's local music scene to a tremendously successful rise after winning NPR's Tiny Desk Concert in 2015. Following in the role after inaugural ambassador Chuck D of Public Enemy and Prophets of Rage, Xavier's wealth of experiences as a performer and patron of these venues is central to the community-building mission of Independent Venue Week.

Independent Venue Week is happy to welcome back Eventbrite, a tremendous supporter of independent music whose keen understanding of the need to highlight these critical local businesses makes them an ideal partner to bring this event to life.

“As the technology that powers many of the independent venues across North America, we’re fired up to be partnering with Independent Venue Week for the second year. These venues and promoters work tirelessly day in and day out to bring great music artists to fans around the country and we’re proud to partner with an initiative that provides acknowledgment and support for this critical part of the live music industry,” said Andrew Dreskin, president of Eventbrite’s music division.

Founded by Sybil Bell, Independent Venue Week launched in the UK in 2014.  The event  highlights and celebrates spaces across each territory with a venue-curated concert series and continued growth with every passing year. The UK version featured Novelist as its 2019 artist ambassador and will feature heavily in a  documentary by Radiohead's Philip Selway on UK venues. “It’s just brilliant to see Independent Venue Week growing in the US and returning for a second year," Sybil says. "We’ve just wrapped up our sixth edition here in the UK and it’s been a magical week touring the country. We can’t wait to get back out to the US and discover some equally magical venues and artists.”

The American iteration is produced by music marketing firm Marauder. Marauder's managing partner Rev. Moose says, "These essential spaces are instrumental to both the local neighborhoods and global community of artists that tour our country. We are honored to have Fantastic Negrito, a strong advocate for both community and music, join as artist ambassador. It's a privilege to be working with him to bring new light to the many stages that deserve our support." Moose will be part of the SXSW panelIndie Venues Band Together: Forming a Community, speaking with other Independent Venue Week supporters on the importance of these spaces in the local musical ecosystem.

Independent Venue Week is also proud to announce the first round of participating venues for its second year. Last year's successful US debut, as featured in  Pollstar and Billboard, included 20 shows across 20 venues in 20 cities. In its second year on American soil, Independent Venue Week has already grown to 43 venues in 33 cities - and counting! Venues still interested in taking part can still register at the link below!

Submit Your Venue

US Independent Venue Week Participating Venues

191 Toole - Tucson, AZ

9:30 Club* - Washington, DC

Arlene's Grocery - New York, NY

Beachland Ballroom* - Cleveland, OH

The Broadberry - Richmond, VA

Cafe du Nord* - San Francisco, CA

The Caribou Room* - Nederland, CO

City Winery - New York, NY

City Winery - Chicago, IL

City Winery - Nashville, TN

City Winery - Atlanta, GA

City Winery - Boston, MA

City Winery - Washington, DC

Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA

The Crocodile* - Seattle, WA

Deep Ellum Art Co.* - Dallas, TX

Doug Fir Lounge* - Portland, OR

The Echo* - Los Angeles, CA

Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL

First Avenue* - Minneapolis, MN

HI-FI - Indianapolis, IN

High Dive - Gainesville, FL

Higher Ground - Burlington, VT

The Kent Stage - Kent, OH

Mercy Lounge* - Nashville, TN

The Middle East* - Boston, MA

Mohawk* - Austin, TX

Motorco* - Durham, NC

Mr. Smalls Theatre* - Pittsburgh, PA

Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA

Pianos* - New York, NY

The Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC

The Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ

The Red Herring Lounge - Duluth, MN

Reggies - Chicago, IL

The Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ

S.O.B.'s - New York, NY

Schubas Tavern* - Chicago, IL

Swedish American Hall - San Francisco, CA

The Turf Club* - St. Paul, MN

The UC Theatre* - Berkeley, CA

Wave - Wichita, KS

World Cafe Live* - Philadelphia, PA

* - returning venue

Why Independent Venue Week?

Independent venues are the places that continue to give artists the early experience of playing live in front of an audience. For fans, these are the venues to get up close to artists that, one day, may well be playing stadiums. And for the working industry, these are the venues where new talent gets discovered and behind-the-scenes careers are fostered. Independent venues are the backbone of the live music scene, and Independent Venue Week annually recognizes all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future. Additionally, as the first multinational event pledged to the  Keychange Initiative, which invests in emerging female talent whilst encouraging festivals to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance pledge by 2022, Independent Venue Week has joined the push for greater gender equality in the music industry.

The project has shown impressive growth since it's 2014 beginnings in the UK. It works with lots of venues not just in major markets but, just as importantly, venues in secondary and tertiary locations. Artists at all levels support the project, as independent venues are where any credible performer hones their craft. Performing artists don’t need an active release to be involved with Independent Venue Week; most are just happy to give back to the spaces that gave them a start.

Independent Venue Week is a platform providing considerable exposure to venues across the country. Participating venues have said that not only do they love the extra foot traffic, new contacts, and the chance to build relationships with new partners including agents, labels, artists, promoters, and media, but that for this week they feel part of a collective. 71% of participating venues in the 2018 US launch stated that Independent Venue Week helped them gain publicity—for the venue or for their Independent Venue Week show—that they would not otherwise have obtained.

For more information, visit  Independent Venue Week's website 

 

Announcement
02/05/2019

07/15/2018, Washington, DC, 9:30 Club
07/02/201807/15/2018, Independent Venue Week comes to Washington DC July 15 at 9:30 Club. w/ The Get Up Kids
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07/15/2018
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07/15/2018
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Venue Zip
20001
Venue City, State
Washington, DC
Venue St. Address
815 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Venue
9:30 Club
Independent Venue Week US has announced its first confirmed venues and shows across the country partaking in its upcoming debut edition. Following a half-decade of massive success in its home region of the UK, Independent Venue Week will make its US debut July 9-15, including in Washington, DC at 9:30 Club. MORE» More»

 

Independent Venue Week announces initial US venues, shows

Debut American edition of highly successful UK event
runs nationwide July 9-15, 2018

Read the story on Billboard

"Supporting independent music venues is a cool thing to do, so it's very exciting that a whole week [is] dedicated to doing just that...The long and short of it, then, is that you get to go to a bunch of good shows and feel warm and fuzzy for supporting a worthy cause."—Noisey

"The IVW initiative is essentially uniting the small dark rooms above, below and behind pubs that we all did a lot of growing up in. They're the places where most musicians have their first gig, learn how to work a crowd, and earn your undying love and respect as they climb the ladder of success."—i-D 

"Independent Venues are all crucial for the musical development of the UK because they provide local artists with places to hone their show skills and a window to other musical worlds when a tour hits town..."—Colin Greenwood of Radiohead

Independent Venue Week US has announced its first confirmed venues and shows across the country partaking in its upcoming debut edition. Following a half-decade of massive success in its home region of the UK, Independent Venue Week will make its US debut July 9-15 in venues across the country. The American version will launch with a limited number of venues, echoing how the event was originally introduced to the UK. An alphabetically ordered list of founding cities, venues, dates, and performers is below, with more to be announced.

Date: City - Venue (Artist)
July 9: Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry/First Avenue (Cut Worms) - Tickets
July 9: Boston, MA - The Middle East (Zonez, Blueberry Syrup, Mokamazo) - Tickets
July 10: Berkeley, CA - The UC Theatre (Neurosis) - Tickets 
July 10: Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live (Bombino) - Tickets
July 11: Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Co. (Lev) - Tickets
July 11: Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Liily) - Tickets

July 11: Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (Jeremy Enigk) - Tickets

July 12: Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom (Falling Stars) - Tickets
July 12: New York, NY - Pianos (Night Screams, Grim Streaker, Dead Stars, more) - Tickets
July 12: Seattle, WA - The Crocodile (Phoebe Bridgers) - Tickets
July 13: Chicago, IL - Schubas (TV Girl) - Tickets
July 13: Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall (The Get Up Kids) - Tickets
July 13: Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge/The High Watt (Western Medication) - Tickets
July 13: Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls (The Lone Bellow) - Tickets
July 14: Austin, TX - Mohawk (Deafheaven) - Tickets
July 14: Nederland, CO - Caribou Room (Flow Tribe) - Tickets
July 14: San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord (Brigid Mae Power) - Tickets
July 15: Durham, NC - Motorco (River Whyless) - Tickets
July 15: St. Paul, MN - The Turf Club/First Avenue (Unsane) - Tickets
July 15: Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (The Get Up Kids) - Tickets

 

Full show details including ticket links to be updated at Independent Venue Week's website.

Independent Venue Week officially welcomes Eventbrite and Songtrust as founding year partners for the US launch. Eventbrite partners with over 2,000 of the top independent promoters, venues and festivals across North America, and along with bringing leading technology to the live music space, the company demonstrates a fierce commitment to the independent live music community both in the US and abroad.  Songtrust provides a technology platform for music publishing and royalty collection services to help songwriters, artists, managers, labels and publishers simplify music rights management.

Independent Venue Week, which debuted in the UK in 2014, is a celebration of, a display of gratitude for, and a series of shows in independently run music venues. It gives a nod to the people that own, run, and work in them day in, day out to bring the very best new live talent to eager audiences. The fifth UK Independent Venue Week, which this year saw BBC Music make official their support as its broadcasting partner, took place in late January and early February; Independent Venue Week US was announced concurrently.

Independent Venue Week's founder, Sybil Bell, says of the US debut:

"It’s so exciting to see the first edition of Independent Venue Week in the US come together. We’ve been talking with the brilliant team at Marauder for a few years about making this happen. The list of founding venues announced so far is so strong. It feels like this is the perfect foundation to celebrate these spaces all across the US, with more amazing venues to be announced. As we celebrated our 5th birthday in the UK this year with a ten-fold increase in participating venues from year one, we hope we can expand in the US in the same way. It sets the scene to make this a true celebration of venues globally over the coming years."

Marauder is producing and promoting the American event from scratch. Managing partner/Co-founder Rev. Moose says:

"We are humbled to have such outstanding venues as part of the inaugural American event. The owners and operators of these independently owned venues face daily challenges unique to their spaces. We look at the American launch of Independent Venue Week as a chance to celebrate these people that are the cornerstones of their individual communities. The success of the UK event is a glowing model that shows the potential of what can be done on American soil. This upcoming week of special events is a great way to refocus people's attention on the rooms that build musical careers."

Andrew Dreskin, President of Eventbrite’s music division and Co-Founder of Ticketfly, on partnering with the US Edition:

"As a trusted partner to a tight knit community of 2,000 of the top independent music venues and promoters across North America, Eventbrite could not be a more perfect partner for Independent Venue Week. We're excited to get behind an initiative that will drive more people to go out and see great live music, and to support their local venues and promoters."

About Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week is launching in the US from July 9–15, 2018 to unite venues, rising and established artists, promoters, labels, media, and tastemakers across a nationwide series of gigs. This is a unique live music project that, although it runs across the whole United States, has a completely local feel—there’s nothing else like it.

These are the venues that continue to give artists the early experience of playing live in front of an audience. For fans, these are the venues to get up close to artists that, one day, may well be playing stadiums. And for the working industry, these are the venues where new talent gets discovered and behind-the-scenes careers are fostered. Independent venues are the backbone of the live music scene, and Independent Venue Week annually recognizes all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.

The project has shown impressive growth in its first five iterations hosted in the UK. It works with lots of venues not just in major markets but, just as importantly, venues in secondary and tertiary locations. Artists at all levels support the project, as independent venues are where any credible performer hones their craft. Performing artists don’t need an active release to be involved with Independent Venue Week; most are just happy to give back to the spaces that gave them a start.

Independent Venue Week is a platform providing considerable exposure to venues across the country. Participating venues in the UK have said that not only do they love the extra foot traffic, new contacts, and the chance to build relationships with new partners including agents, labels, artists, promoters and media, but that for this week they feel part of a collective rather than just operating in isolation.

Extensive previous press coverage of the UK event can be found here with an explanation of the statistics. In addition, Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music Tour can be found on the BBC’s website.

For more information, visit Independent Venue Week's website

MEDIA CONTACT:
Max Freedman | 212-993-1569 | max@maraudergroup.com
Billy Cook | 212-993-1569 | billy@maraudergroup.com

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Event
07/15/2018

Press

  • Billboard, Other pr, 05/08/2018, Independent Venue Week to Make U.S. Debut, First Set of Shows Unveiled Attachment
  • Grammys, Other pr, 02/05/2018, Independent Venue Week To Launch In U.S. Summer 2018 Attachment
  • Hypebot, Other pr, 02/05/2018, Independent Venue Week To Debut In US This Summer
  • Billboard, Other pr, 02/02/2018, Independent Venue Week Will Launch In the U.S. This Summer Text | Attachment