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Academy Music Group (AMG) is the UK’s leading owner and operator of nationwide live music and club venues, including London’s iconic theatres, O2 Academy Brixton and O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and other outstanding sites in regional locations across the UK. The company invests heavily in its venues, from front of house facilities for customers to in-house production and backstage amenities to benefit artists and touring personnel.
 
AMG has won The Sunday Times’ Profit Track ‘One To Watch’ award, honoured for its profit growth and success as one of Britain’s top private companies. Shareholders include Live Nation Entertainment / Gaiety, Metropolis Music and SJM Concerts, who collectively promote some of the biggest gigs and outdoor events in the world. It also has its own dedicated in-house promoting division, Academy Events, the fourth largest promoter in the UK. In recent years, The Guardian announced ‘The Music Power 100’ with AMG and executive members of our shareholders making the prestigious list.
 
AMG and Live Nation Entertainment has a long term strategic partnership with O2 that commenced in 2009 to enhance the music experience for fans visiting the venues and boost support for future music talent. The organisation also began a charitable relationship with Teenage Cancer Trust in the same year and supports their work through donations and fundraising activity.
 
AMG venues are famous for offering unrivalled live events and are an integral part of the UK’s live music scene. AMG is renowned for launching new venues with gigs from the biggest homegrown artists. Highlights have included: The Streets, Editors, Ocean Colour Scene and The Twang in Birmingham, Kaiser Chiefs in Leeds, Deacon Blue in Glasgow and Reverend and the Makers who marked the opening of O2 Academy Sheffield. A more recent addition to the group’s portfolio is O2 Academy Leicester; an exciting prospect for AMG, this was its first site on a university campus, in collaboration with the University of Leicester Students’ Union. 
 
With multiple venues featuring varying capacities, AMG’s estate is perfect for growing up and coming artists and meeting the needs of established talent. As well as live music, we host an array of events from comedy and seated shows, including award ceremonies, to specialist dance events and weekly residencies from leading club brands.
 
In 2015 AMG venues will host 3,000 events and attract up to 3 million customers. 

 

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AMG venues are famous for offering unrivalled live events and are now an integral part of the UK’s live music scene in several regional cities, as well as owning and operating four venues in the Capital; which range from a capacity of 250 to up to 5,000.


AMG invests heavily in its venues, from front of house facilities for customers, to emerging technologies for in-house production and backstage amenities to benefit artists and touring personnel.


AMG has a promoting division, Academy Events, the fourth largest promoter in the UK.
 

AMG venues can be found in Birmingham (since November 2000 and September 2008), Bristol (October 2001), Glasgow (March 2003 and March 2009)), Liverpool (September 2003), Islington (London) (September 2003), Newcastle (October 2005), Oxford (September 2007), Sheffield (April 2008), Leeds (October 2008), Bournemouth (September 2009) and Leicester (2010), and of course, its heritage venues, O2 Academy Brixton and O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. 


AMG also has additional management agreements with Students’ Union venues, namely Guild of Students, Liverpool, The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth as well as operating O2 Academy Leicester on campus at the University of Leicester Students' Union.


AMG venues attract over 3 million customers per annum. It currently owns and operates 14 sites, featuring multiple venues in several cities, and will host some 3,500 events across its venue estate in 2014.


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