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Venue Summit Workshop: Early stages

Venue Summit Workshop: Early stages

Room 4 | 11:30 – 12:30 | Thursday

Host: Auro Foxcroft, Village Underground (UK)

With several venue organisations having won victories in the fight to protect and sustain the grassroots and smallvenues network in various markets, Village Underground's Auro Foxcroft presents the latest updates, and looks at how working with local government can pay dividends. From efforts to introduce legislation and then enforce it, to new initiatives to protect the industry’s breeding grounds, Auro is joined by London’s new Night Czar, Amy Lamé, as well as other key venue champions.

Guest speakers:
Sarah Clover, Barrister (UK) 
Chris Garrit, Night mayor of Groningen (NL)
Amy Lamé, London's Night Czar (UK)
Shain Shapiro, Sound Advice (UK)

Speaker's Biog | Sarah Clover

Sarah CloverSarah is one of the leading barristers in the UK in licensing, acting for a wide range of clients. She has been involved in some of the most important cases in the last decade, and is a pioneer in this modern licensing regime. Sarah has been successfully involved in challenging the Home Office and Police forces to settle statutory interpretation of the Licensing Act 2003. She is nationally recognised as an expert in this field. Sarah is chair of the West Midlands Region of the Institute of Licensing, and sits on the Board of Directors, and also sits as the specialist adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003. In planning, Sarah has extensive experience of working with local authorities and developers in all development and enforcement cases. She regularly appears at planning inquiries, hearings, prosecutions and appeals, including the High Court. She has had notable successes, and is described as “feisty” and “a real fighter.” Sarah brings a particular edge in advocacy to her regulatory work, born of her long experience, prosecuting at Grade 4. She is a formidable advocate. Sarah is a qualified and accredited mediator; has an established High Court practice, and is experienced in public law matters; and is a public access barrister.

Speaker's Biog | Mark Davyd

mark headshotMark is the co-owner of Tunbridge Wells Forum, a venue he founded in a toilet over 20 years ago. Since then, he has split his time between various music activities: he is the CEO of Rhythmix, the music charity that works with young people in challenging circumstances; the owner of Outstanding Music, a 360-degree music company with a specialism in alternative Latin music and a portfolio of clients that includes Disney, Warner Brothers, CBS, ABC and leading US brands; and is the founder/CEO of Music Venue Trust. Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a regular speaker at international conferences (including ILMC, SXSW, LAMC, Eurosonic, and Primavera Sound).

Speaker's Biog | Chris Garrit

Chris GarritChris was the very first elected (and re-elected) night mayor (nachtburgermeester) of the city of Groningen, the Netherlands. In this position, he is the voice of the city’s nightlife, culture, festivals and other evening activities. The night mayor is responsible for maintaining the intricate balance between the city’s citizens who wish to get to sleep in the later hours and those who are in favour of a more bustling nightlife. Considering that Groningen is known for a thriving (and often loud) music scene, the night mayor needs to maintain a strong relationship with the city’s music venues, their owners, and the musicians who often turn their guitar amps up to eleven. Chris’s history with music starts young. He began as a teenager playing in bands and later as a professional musician touring throughout Europe. For the last 15 years he has worked as an event manager. Chris is founder of the Creative Council North-Netherlands (CCNN) and speaks regularly speaks on panels throughout Europe on the topic of nightlife and how to improve evening economics in a city full of festivals and music conventions. Chris also started the Netherland’s INAF (International Night Ambassador Federation) with a growing network of night ambassadors in cities throughout Europe. The goal of the INAF is to get more cities connected and help cities to elect their own night mayors. It is a network that gives information, exchanges ideas and supports the local evening economics. 

Speaker's Biog | Amy Lamé

LAMEAmy is an American-born, naturalised British performer, writer, TV and radio presenter, known for her one-woman shows, her performance group Duckie, and LGBT-themed media works. She was appointed as London's first 'Night Czar' in November 2016.


Speaker's Biog | Shain Shapiro

shain shapiroDr Shain Shapiro is the founder and CEO of Sound Diplomacy. Sound Diplomacy is the leading global advisor on growing music and night-time economies in cities and places. He is also the co-founder of Music Cities Convention, the world’s largest event bringing together the music industry with city planners, developers, policy makers and executives. He has consulted at length with the Greater London Authority, worked on the development of London’s Night Czar and across its music policy. He also consults with a number of developers on music-related uses, including U+I, LondoNewcastle and Benson Elliot. He has delivered a TEDx talk on the value of music to cities and spoken at the European Parliament. Sound Diplomacy currently works in over 20 countries and counts the Mayor of London, United Nations, Canadian Government and German Department of International Trade as clients. Shain holds a PhD from the University of London and was one of the top 10 Creative Entrepreneurs in Britain in the British Council's h100 list

Speaker's Biog | Beverley Whitrick

BeverleyMusic Venue Trust was created in January 2014 to protect the UK live music network by securing the long-term future of grassroots venues. Beverley runs the charity, co-ordinates campaigns and communication, fundraises, produces Venues Day, manages the Music Venues Alliance, liaises with arts/cultural sector partners, advises venues and local authorities, and represents MVT at national/international meetings.Beverley has over 20 years' experience of arts development, event management, tour co-ordination, building networks, funding, evaluation and strategy. She has worked as a local government arts development officer in 3 different authorities and as a freelance arts consultant in London and Barcelona.