Thursday 30th July 11.10am – 12.10pm

What can venues to do build greater sustainability within their live music offering and beyond?

How do they attract a broader range of artists, promoters and audiences within their current programming and by diversifying their music offering?

With so many venues closed or unused during the day, what opportunities are there engage with local community groups with daytime activity?

With so many groups looking for spaces to host events, what are the considerations when bringing in people for training and other daytime activity with people from different groups e.g. parents and toddlers, LGBTQ+, mental health, older people, those with dementia etc?

Speakers

LIZ CARLEY-LEONARD – THE SHED, LEICESTER (M)

Elisabeth is an entrepreneur, primarily based in Leicester, UK. As an entrepreneur, instead of getting hobbies, she gets side hustles (as you may have heard her say before).

Alongside owning and running live music venue The Shed, Elisabeth also has online businesses in travel and mindset coaching. 

LOUISE HENRY – GRANTS AND LEARNING OFFICER, YOUTH MUSIC

Louise is Grants and Learning Officer at Youth Music, a national charity and funder supporting music making projects for 0-25-year olds. Her role involves overseeing their portfolio of programmes across the North East and Yorkshire, from independent venues through to talent development agencies and youth centres, as well as supporting Youth Music’s new Incubator Fund for emerging talent. A proud Geordie, she’s an advocate for creating a sustainable industry outside of London, and champion of young emerging artists and industry professionals. 

DAMIAN (DEE) MCADAMS – THE OH YEAH CENTRE, BELFAST

Dee McAdams is the Operations Director at Oh Yeah Music Centre Belfast. Oh Yeah is a music hub based in central Belfast, as well as acting as a 300 cap venue it serves as a focal point for the music community in Belfast, and the rest of the NI music industry. As Operations Director he is responsible for the smooth running of everything in the Oh Yeah building, as well as overseeing events and the venue, including managing production for Oh Yeah’s Sound of Belfast Festival and the NI Music Prize. Dee previously spent 10 years working at the Queen’s University Belfast Students Union coordinating the Entertainment’s Department and managing the Mandela Hall venue, and has also worked on the production of some of NI’s biggest events such as Vital and Belsonic. 

NATALIE SOUTH – GRASSROOTS VENUE CO-ORDINATOR, ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

Natalie South is Attitude is Everything’s Grassroots Venues Manager. Natalie has a background in charity project management having worked with Scope and Nesta. As the Grassroots Venues Manager she has an extensive knowledge of what can be achieved at the entry level for access provision, understanding the importance and impact of low and no cost solutions for D/deaf and disabled customers. As a disabled music fan, Natalie has first-hand experience of what it is like to attend an event at a grassroots venue. Using this experience and knowledge, Natalie joined Attitude is Everything in 2017, and created the Grassroots Charter of Best practice, based on the organisation’s main Charter, but with changes to reflect grassroots venues limited time and resources.  Natalie is currently working towards her NRAC accreditation.

CHRIS WEMYSS – MAC ARTS, GALASHIELS, SCOTLAND

Chris Wemyss is the Venue Manager and lighting tech at Mac Arts, Galashiels a 300 capacity multi use venue. Chris has been in post for 4 years and is one of the two FTE staff that run the venue. He has previously run the community based Stowed Out Festival and its parent community music group Sound Out. He came to his current  post with both a community care and property care background. Both these skills have been invaluable working from a disused church in the heart of the local community.