Music Venue Trust Board of Trustees Prepare for ‘Next Phase’

Music Venue Trust (MVT), the UK charity which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced several changes to its Board of Trustees including the appointment of new Co-Chairs and a Treasurer.

Following a period of rapid expansion during the pandemic, MVT has been working towards a sustainable future to continue its essential work to protect, secure and improve grassroots music venues across the UK. In addition to the ongoing growth and development of its existing team, it has made some changes its Board of Trustees to ensure appropriate governance and oversight of the charity’s wider remit and budgets.

Bonita McKinney and Phyllis Belezos have been appointed Co-Chairs of MVT and will succeed Sarah Thirtle in the role.

Phyllis who is the Director of Heliocentric Entertainment, a music talent booking & consultancy agency, originally became an Industry Patron for MVT in 2018 and joined the Board of Trustees in March 2019. Bonita, who is Label & Partnerships Manager at Ingrooves Music Group, joined as a trustee in December 2019. Both played an important role within the organisation throughout the pandemic, particularly when assessing the financial support that MVT was able to give to individual venues in response to the significant funds raised by its hugely successful #SaveOurVenues campaign.

Phyllis Belezos, Director of Heliocentric Entertainment

Phyllis Belezos, Director of Heliocentric Entertainment

“I have been a proud member of the MVT board and am excited to become Co-Chair. Music Venue Trust and the team’s work has helped venues survive not only during these last two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, but by supporting them in every way. My goal is to continue the building process so that venues not just survive but thrive. I also want to help instigate new ideas and structure to a part of the live industry that is fundamental to the artists and everyone involved in our beloved grassroots music venue community.”

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