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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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Independent Venue Week Announces US Ambassador Fantastic Negrito

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!

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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