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London launches new ‘taskforce’ to protect live music venues

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who has launched the new Music Venues Taskforce
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The Mayor of London has launched a new taskforce to protect and secure live music venues in the capital after fears that closures will have a long-term impact on the sector.

Called the Music Venues Taskforce, it was set up last week by mayor Boris Johnson and is chaired by the Music Venue Trust alongside the Musicians’ Union and UK Music.

Johnson said: “Music is an essential part of our city, and the job of the Music Venues Taskforce will be to ensure London can support a wide range of venues across the capital and protect its status as the music capital of the world.”

The taskforce has been created following the closure of a number of venues in central London, including Soho’s 12 Bar Club and nightclub and cabaret venue Madame Jojo’s.

MU live performance organiser Dave Webster said: “The MU is delighted to be invited to join London’s venues taskforce. We hope discussion with the group will bring about new and secure opportunities to develop and grow the live music scene in London.”

The group will meet for the first time on March 27. A report is due later this year.

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