London may be getting a nightlife mayor to protect its music venues
Earlier this year, legendary London nightclub Plastic People shut its doors. In addition to the loss of Vibe Bar, Madam Jojo’s, and The Joiners, its closing has contributed to the city’s loss of 35% of its grassroots music venues since 2007.
The London’s Grassroots Music Venues Rescue Plan, inspired by the Mayor’s Music Venues Taskforce, hopes to protect the city’s currently standing venues and to ultimately revive its dying music scene. The plan’s most notable recommendation is to implement a nighttime mayor that would be tasked with forming rapports with venues, city officials, residents, and more to prevent smaller issues from becoming catastrophes.
The plan suggests the adoption of “Agent of Change” principles, which would afford venues greater autonomy and put pressure on developers to mitigate against future issues such as noise complaints. The London Music Development Board will be put into place to carry out the plan’s recommendations.
A Culture and Planning Guide filled with “jargon-free advice” is also currently in the works, which will advise on how to conserve music and cultural venues moving forward.
Via: Fact Mag