Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

BBC Radio 6 Music brings a broad range of music and culture beyond the mainstream to music lovers with a curious spirit, combining the cutting-edge music of today with the iconic, ground-breaking sounds of the past 50 years. 6 Music has been supporting Independent Venue Week since it began in 2014. Over the years, Steve Lamacq has taken his weekday afternoon show (4pm-7pm) to independent venues across the UK in celebration of Independent Venue Week, visiting locations from Cardiff to Stowmarket, Brighton to Dunfermline and many more in between.


At BBC Music Introducing, our sole purpose is to push forward a new wave of unsigned, undiscovered and under-the-radar UK talent. Playing live, especially at the begging of an artist’s career is so important. There is no better place to that than at a local independent venue. They are at the core of the new music seen and so import in an artists journey. BBC Music Introducing local radio shows are big supporter of the independent venues in their scene. IVW weeks is always on the BBC Introducing calendar, spotlighting the work of amazing venues and music supports around the country.

Beavertown Brewery is dedicated to crafting high quality, innovative beers like Neck Oil IPA, Gamma Ray APA and Lazer Crush Alcohol Free IPA that appeal to the thirsty masses. From brewing to branding, we believe in creativity at the heart of everything we do.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland distributing funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Further information at Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Learn more about the value of art and creativity in Scotland and join in at

Creative Wales are a Welsh Government agency set up in 2020 to support the creative industries in Wales. We harness the power of our creative sectors, drive growth in our economy and help build a prosperous future for our country. The expert team connects people and businesses to foster new opportunities; provides knowledge and resources to upskill workforce and support trainees; and invests in ideas and people to help the creative economy flourish.

The F-List for Music is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at supporting UK female and gender expansive musicians in their careers.  Primarily we give them profile via our incredible website directory (now nearly 5.5K listings), our active social media channels or our digital music playlists.  The directory is used by promoters, labels, managers, commissioners, radio DJs, journalists, musicians and fans to discover and source incredible female talent. 

One of the UK’s leading ticket agencies, Gigantic deliver a spectrum of key services to the promoter, venue and festival sectors. Supplying industry leading services traversing the full live music sphere, Gigantic are integral in delivering a cutting-edge service across account management, customer care, marketing activity, plus onsite scanning and support. Key clients include Kilimanjaro Live, UK Live, FORM, Fane, Union Chapel, DHP Family, FKP Scorpio and Crosstown Concerts.  Gigantic also provide venue box-office systems, and the ticketing infrastructure for DHP Family and Alt-Tickets. Alongside their extensive live music inventory, Gigantic also work with local authorities, and other key stakeholders on large scale events, ranging from Christmas light trails, family fairs, beer festivals and sporting events.

Hardwick & Morris is a vibrant firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Managers specialising in music and entertainment based in Central London. We work with artists, entrepreneurs and boutique companies as well as larger companies and organisations, all of whom we have a strong personal relationship with. We have built our business by providing a high quality, efficient and very personable service resulting in a reputation for hard work, integrity and professionalism. With a good dose of humour and fun thrown in. is an innovative, centralised communication tool built for festival promoters, production managers, artist liaisons, tour managers and artists. Allowing festivals to manage the relationship with their artists and management teams pre, during and post event while keeping all essential tour info in one place, is your front row ticket to simplified festival management. No more dropbox, no more spreadsheets, and no more confusion. Advancing has never been easier.

As the UK’s music licensing company for more than 130,000 performers and recording rightsholders, PPL licenses recorded music when it is played in public or broadcast on the radio or TV in the UK and then distribute the fees to the performers and recording rightsholders we represent. Through a network of international agreements with collective management organisations (CMOs) in other countries, PPL is also able to collect royalties for performers and recording rightsholders when their recorded music is played around the world.

Sound Technology provides class-leading solutions for the Installed Audio, Concert Sound and Studio / Broadcast industries. We offer specialist Application Support services, operate a comprehensive demonstration facility, and offer regular training courses. Sound Technology’s dedicated Professional Lighting Division are the exclusive UK distributors of Martin Professional, Robert Juliat and Macula. We offer a full service including design, sales and service. Visit our demo facility in Hertfordshire to meet the team and try any of our fixtures. Sound Technology is also one of the most successful trade distributors to the UK’s MI (musical instrument) industry. We supply a select portfolio of high profile brands of musical instruments, live sound equipment, recording products and accessories to retail stores in the UK and ROI.