Own Our Venues

by Music Venue Properties in United Kingdom

Total raised £2,588,002

£2,750,000 target 165 days left
94% 1279 investors
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st December 2024 at 11:59pm

A community led ambition project to preserve and converse Grassroots Music Venues country wide.

by Music Venue Properties in United Kingdom

* On 3rd July 2024 members voted at the MVP AGM to make amendments to Society Rules in line with director's recommendations. We are currently in the process of updating these rules with the FCA. Information on the Rule Change is available here (link) and new investors should be aware of these changes ahead of investing

* On 18th April 2023, MVP successfully raised £2,343,703 from 1249 investors.

* On 4th October 2023, MVP reopened the Community Share. Whilst much of the information in our Share Offer Document (link) is still relevant, investors should consider the financial information, updated plans and financial projections within our End Of Campaign Update (link) to supersede any similar information found within the Share Offer Document. 

As the project moves from concept to reality, MVP will better understand its actual spend and will update forward-facing projections accordingly. Any prospective members are welcome to email info[at]musicvenueproperties.com and ask any questions on progress before they invest. 

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OWN OUR VENUES


For the last 8 years, Music Venue Trust has led the campaign to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues in the U.K. Supported by you – our incredible community of music fans, artists, and crew – the charity has grown from strength to strength and currently provides support for over 900 venues in the U.K.

Now we want to make the most radical change of all. We want to permanently secure a future for these venues by changing the ownership model. We believe these vital venues should belong to us. All of us that care about them, that play in them, that visit them. 

We want you to join us. 

Let’s Own Our Venues

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Join us - Music Venue Properties

Music Venue Properties is a Community Benefit Society that purchases freeholds of UK Grassroots Music Venues and rents them back to the operators at a fairer rate than their present landlords, with greater security and a better understanding of the sector - to make them more valued and to help them grow.

Music fans and ethical investors can buy community shares in Music Venue Properties from £100 to £100,000 and receive a 3% APR on their investment. We all get to #SaveOurVenues because we #OwnOurVenues

At the end of March 2023, we managed to raise £2.34M to allow us to start buying some of the freeholds of 9 UK Grassroots Music Venues we had originally identified. And after that, we're going to keep reinvesting - to buy, own and protect as many venues as we can. 

By subscribing for shares issued by the society in this share offer you will become a member of the society and a co-owner of the society and its assets. Our rules and other supporting documents are available on our website musicvenueproperties.com and also at the bottom of the page.

Join us in making the most radical collective and collaborative positive change to the Grassroots Music Venue sector since Music Venue Trust was formed in 2014. 

Let's #OwnOurVenues.

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The Longer Version

What is the problem?

  • 35% of Grassroots Music Venues (GMVs) have closed in the last 20 years.
  • 93% of GMVs are tenants and the average operator has 18 months left on their tenancy.
  • Since the start of the COVID crisis the sector acquired over £90m of new debt, yet 67% of Culture Recovery Fund grant money was paid to Landlords.
  • GMVs and Landlords have different motivations. Landlords want to maximise investment. GMVs want to plan for the future and invest in sustainability, accessibility, diversity, artists and the venue itself.
  • This issue of ownership underlies almost every other challenge that GMVs have faced during the last twenty years; gentrification, noise complaints, under-investment, poor economic model and an inability to plan for the future.

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What is the solution? 

There are three options:

1. GMVs purchase their own properties. This is difficult to achieve and creates long-term problems such as succession planning.

2. GMVs create Community groups to purchase freeholds. We support operators/communities with advice and guidance to achieve this, but many do not have the resources or the ability to raise funds. Others are in areas of high deprivation.  

3. Music Venue Trust (MVT) creates a central charitable organisation to remove venues from commercial ownership. By purchasing freeholds and renting them back to operators on a friendly lease we can reduce rents, make contributions to insurance/repairs and offer rent breaks in the face of adverse conditions.

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Music Venue Properties

  • MVT has set up a Community Benefit Society (CBS) named Music Venue Properties (MVP). The society has had its charitable status recognised by HMRC.
  • Unlike a Charity, a CBS can raise money via Community Shares.
  • By purchasing these shares, music fans and ethical investors will help raise funds MVP will use to buy freehold, whilst also receiving 3% APR on their investment.
  • We can offer the majority of current operators an immediate rent reduction and help contribute to building repairs and insurance. 
  • MVP will offer long-term security and market-resistant rents.
  • MVT’s #SaveOurVenues campaign raised over £4.1m with over 80,000 people contributing during COVID. We already have the crowd - we just need to ask them to invest. 

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What happens next?

  • MVP has identified 9 venues for a pilot project that will allow us to establish proof of concept. 6 venues are in England, 1 in Scotland and 2 are in Wales.
  • We will raise £3.5m to purchase these venues and associated costs.
  • This share issue will create the circumstances where great venue operators have the security and confidence they need to create great venues.
  • We will then continue to identify and purchase venue freeholds as and when they become available. We will continue to raise funds through selling community shares and borrowing against the freehold we have purchased.
  • We will reinvest the rent received from the initial pilot venues to allow us to expand our portfolio.

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Community Shares Standard Mark

The Community Shares Standard Mark is awarded by the Community Shares Unit to offers that meet national standards of good practice. These standards ensure that:

  • The offer document and application form are easy to understand
  • You are provided with all the facts you need to make an informed decision
  • The facts are supported by the annual accounts and/or business plan for the society
  • Nothing in the documents is purposefully incorrect, confusing or misleading
    Societies are asked to sign a Code of Practice requiring them, among other things, to give the public a right of complaint to the Community Shares Unit.

For more information about community shares, the Community Shares Standard Mark and the Community Shares Unit go to: https://www.uk.coop/support-your-co-op/community-shares

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Documents

To download a text-only version of our Community Share Offer document please click here 

If you'd like to see more detailed financial modelling for this project, please email: [email protected]

Levels of Investment

£100 or more

£100 (or more) investment

Become a Grassroots Music Venue Stakeholder with a £100 (or more) investment • You can add additional investment at the checkout to increase your shares. Please note, that investment can only be taken in multiples of £100 (1 share = £100).

£200 or more

£200 (or more) investment

Become a Grassroots Music Venue Stakeholder with a £200 (or more) investment • You can add additional investment at the checkout to increase your shares. Please note, that investment can only be taken in multiples of £100 (1 share = £100).

£500 or more

£500 (or more) "suggested" investment

Become a Grassroots Music Venue Stakeholder with a £500 (or more) investment • You can add additional investment at the checkout to increase your shares. Please note, that investment can only be taken in multiples of £100 (1 share = £100).

£1,000 or more

£1,000 (or more) investment

Become a Grassroots Music Venue Key Stakeholder with a £1,000 (or more) investment • You can add additional investment at the checkout to increase your shares. Please note, that investment can only be taken in multiples of £100 (1 share = £100).

£5,000 or more

£5,000 (or more) investment

Become a Grassroots Music Venue Champion with a £5,000 (or more) investment • You can add additional investment at the checkout to increase your shares. Please note, that investment can only be taken in multiples of £100 (1 share = £100).

£10,000 or more

£10,000 (or more) investment

Become a Music Venue Properties Founder Member with a £10,000 investment • You can add additional investment at the checkout to increase your shares. Please note, that investment can only be taken in multiples of £100 (1 share = £100).

£25,000 or more

£25,000 (or more) investment

Become a Music Venue Properties Founder Member with a £25,000 (or more) investment • You can add additional investment at the checkout to increase your shares. Please note, that investment can only be taken in multiples of £100 (1 share = £100) • For investments over £25,000, we have a bespoke investment onboarding arrangement. Please contact [email protected] who will be happy to guide you through this process.

£50,000 or more

£50,000 (or more) investment

Become a Music Venue Properties Founder Member with a £50,000 (or more) investment • You can add additional investment at the checkout to increase your shares. Please note, that investment can only be taken in multiples of £100 (1 share = £100) • For investments over £25,000, we have a bespoke investment onboarding arrangement. Please contact [email protected] who will be happy to guide you through this process.

£100,000 or more

£100,000 investment

Become a Music Venue Properties Founder Member with a £100,000 investment • For investments over £25,000, we have a bespoke investment onboarding arrangement. Please contact [email protected] who will be happy to guide you through this process.

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