GRASSROOTS live music venues could be threatened with closure in the face of increased business taxes, it was revealed yesterday.
Organisers of Britain’s first live music census said rises in commercial property rates — which will be revealed in the spring Budget on Wednesday — could force many venues to close.
Project leader Matt Brennan, of the University of Edinburgh, said venues operating at grassroots level are particularly vulnerable.
He said: “Venues around the country have been telling us that they already operate on thin margins, so proposed increases in rateable values of up to 55 per cent in some cases will have a significant impact.”
The census is led by the universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Glasgow.