Cause

Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.

We help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.

What We Do:

  • We offer practical, positive support to emerging, professional and retired musicians – whatever the genre.

    Specifically, we help emerging professionals to develop their talent and get started in a professional career.  We help existing professionals who hit a crisis in their lives which can have a devastating effect on their career and families. We help with long-term or terminal illness and we help musicians in retirement and those needing special help as they grow older.

Our People:

We have a team of staff based at our offices in Britannia Street, London WC1, just a five-minute walk from King’s Cross Station, our Northern Ireland office is located a Belfast’s iconic Oh Yeah Centre, and you can find us in Glasgow at the Scottish Music Centre.

We also work with a network of freelancers across the UK, who visit musicians in their homes.

We couldn’t do what we do without a fantastic group of people who give their time to us, including those who support us by volunteering, those who work on our Advisory Committees and our Board of Trustees.

 

Sir Paul McCartney

“Throughout my career, I’ve been lucky enough to play in venues of all different shapes and sizes, from tiny clubs to massive stadiums all over the world. Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different. I support MUSIC VENUE TRUST because artists need places to start out, develop and work on their craft and small venues have been the cornerstone for this. If we don’t support live music at this level then the future of music, in general, is in danger.”

Music Venue Trust is a UK registered charity which acts to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues.

Created in January 2014, we aim to secure the long-term future of iconic Grassroots Music Venues such as Hull Adelphi, Exeter Cavern, Southampton Joiners, The 100 Club, Band on the Wall, Tunbridge Wells Forum etc.

These venues have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills.

We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfill, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences. Long-term we plan to acquire the freeholds of as many of these vital venues as possible.