is the co-owner of Tunbridge Wells Forum, a venue he founded in a toilet 25 years ago. Since then, Mark has split his time between various music activities; he was CEO of the award-winning music charity Rhythmix for 20 years and has a commercial career as an artist manager, label owner and music supervisor.
Mark founded Music Venue Trust in 2014, a representative body for grassroots music venues which campaigns on their behalf and manages the Music Venues Alliance. In 2016, MVT changed UK law with a landmark amendment to the Town & Country Planning Act, and in 2018 the National Planning Policy Framework was changed to protect music venues. Music Venues Alliance boasts over 500 venue members.
Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a regular speaker at international conferences (ILMC, SXSW, CMW, LAMC, Eurosonic, Primavera Sound). He was one of the h100 winners 2015, and won the CC Skills Music Award 2017.Panel: How To Start & Run A Venue