Thursday 30th July 12.20am – 1.20pm

As the sector moves into steaming live shows with reduced or no audiences for grassroots venues, we look at what this means for all of the stakeholders.

What measures to venues, artists and crew each need to take to do this safely?

How does the pricing model work compared to traditional live shows?

Does the capped ticket sale model (like a live show) work better or should access be unlimited?

What licensing and other practical elements need to be considered?



Joe set up Punch Studios in early 2009 and over the next 10 years it expanded into multiple rehearsal rooms forming Out Loud Music CIC, engaging with disadvantaged communities & young people with SEN through music technology.  In October 2016, Joe established The Smokehouse. During the day, the venue hosts many voluntary organisations using music and media to work with hard to reach communities. At the weekends The Smokehouse is a 88-capacity live music venue with a DIY ethic, supported by over 100 volunteers.  As a part of Independent Venue Week in Jan 2019, The Smokehouse started promoting its own shows as ‘The Smokehouse Presents’ bringing This Is The Kit, Warmduscher, Girl Ray, Penelope Isle and Rozi Plain to the venue. Since lockdown The Smokehouse created a new project called ‘Lock East’ to create a regional platform for artists in the East showcasing their original work. The team launched their first Lock East 12 hour live stream reaching over 4k views over Facebook and YouTube.


With over 25 years in the Music business, Ricky has covered many areas. Initially as a recording and touring musician and signing a publishing deal with Dave Stewart’s Anxious Music. Eventually taking over The Crypt Studio in Crouch End, Ricky has run this studio since 1999. From this studio base he created The Crypt Sessions an online live session channel, giving acts such as Michael Kiwanuka, Lucy Rose and The Staves their first exposure online. Ricky founded Rippla along with fellow musicians Wayne Yardley and Dan Morrow in 2018 and they have been innovating in the livestream sector since then. Rippla’s motto to bring music ‘Closer to you’ feeds into everything they do, such as their live-streaming channel which streamed Mumford & Son’s latest album into venues up and down the country, also filming and streaming live bands such as The National, Keane and Honeyblood.


Since 2000 PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading independent charitable funder of new music and talent development, has given more than £35 million to over 7,500 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an inclusive, collaborative and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity through direct grants to music creators and through support for pioneering organisations, including venues, festivals, promoters and other talent development organisations.


Joe joined PRS Foundation in 2014 as Industry Funds Manager to run flagship schemes including the Momentum Music Fund and the International Showcase Fund before moving into the Senior Grants & Programmes Manager role in 2015, where he led the Foundation’s grants team and worked strategically to plan and manage pioneering grant-making and partnership programmes.


I work at The Brudenell Social Club, an independent venue in Leeds. We have two designated venue spaces in the building and also promote at other venues in the wider Yorkshire region too. My day-to-day role involves promoting, production, marketing and ticketing. During the pandemic I’ve been developing our live streaming channel, the Brudenell Social Distancing Club.


Emma is a litigation lawyer by trade but for the last 4 years has run business affairs at ATC Management and is part of the core team behind the new live streaming company, Driift, responsible for the recent PPV live streams by Laura Marling and Lianne La Havas.