To mark International Women’s Day today, Music Venue Trust (the charity that represents hundreds of Grassroots Music Venues in the UK) will be highlighting the incredible women and female-identifying people who work in the grassroots music sector.

Using the hashtag #WomenToTheFront, throughout the week MVT and the music venues across the country will be shining a spotlight on the women who are vital to the grassroots music community.

“It’s incredibly important to Music Venue Trust to be using International Women’s Day 2021 as an opportunity to celebrate the women who play such an important role in the UK’s Grassroots Music Industry. We are very proud to have so many remarkable women contribute to MVT, from our core team and coordinators to our board of trustees and patrons and know that this diversity is reflective of the changing face of the wider live music community.”

Sarah Claudine, Events, Projects & Communications at MVT

MVT recently announced 6 new patrons, all women working in the music industry: rock duo Nova Twins, Welsh post-punk trio Adwaith, DJs Moxie and HAAi, singer-songwriter Kerri Watt, and Director of Mother Artists Live, booking agent Natasha Gregory.  

“When I began touring 9 years ago, the industry felt to me like kind of a boys’ club. However, as the years have gone on, I’ve been proud to watch so many wonderful women step into and gain recognition in the live music sector. One of my early gigs was booked after a promoter in Glasgow saw me on YouTube – her support really gave me the courage I needed to pursue music as a career. 

From tour managers to merchandise sellers, venue owners to sound engineers, and members of my own band, I’ve experienced first-hand the heart and soul that the women in our industry put in to live music. I see my colleagues as role models, giving younger women the confidence to get more involved in live music and work within an industry they’re really passionate about.”

Kerri Watt