Lucy Stone wins prestigious award at Music Venue Trust’s Venues Day.

Lucy Stone (right) and Music Venue Trust Strategic Director, Beverley Whitrick (left).

Lucy Stone (right) and Music Venue Trust Strategic Director, Beverley Whitrick (left).
Image credit: Katie Frost

Huge congratulations to our Associate Lucy Stone, who was recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to Grassroots Music Venues at the day long Music Venues Live event, held in London on October 5th.

The event provided an opportunity for those working in the Grassroots Music Venue community to reunite and celebrate the sector’s achievements and survival over the past 20 months, while providing a forum for discussion and debate alongside networking opportunities for live music service providers to engage with small and medium scale music venues. A full day of keynote presentations, panels and networking encompassed the theme “Celebration, Catharsis, Community.”

Taking to LinkedIn, the Music Venue Trust posted:

“Lucy’s incredible work supporting funding applications and fundraising efforts during the crisis contributed to the survival of hundreds of venues. Prior to the crisis, less than 3% of venues had received any public funding of any type. Thanks to the work of Lucy and her team, 71% received support. Her work unravelling the process of application and supporting venues to deliver successful bids was not just valuable, it was essential.

“Thanks to Lucy Stone, the concept of who is eligible for cultural funding in the UK has been changed.”

Of course we already know how amazing Lucy is, and we’re thrilled that her tireless work for venues – that might have been lost forever during the pandemic – has been recognised in this way.

Lucy hosted two webinars for us in June 2020 on the theme of Fundraising During a Pandemic. These virtual events brought together expert fundraisers and funders to explore the landscape of grant, private and corporate funding for arts and charities during the Covid-19 crisis.


Back in December 2020 we spoke to Mark Davyd, the founder and CEO of Music Venue Trust, about the Save Our Venues campaign and the future of grassroots music venues after corona.

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