THE FIGURES published as part of the UK Music Review of Music in Greater Manchester show how important the city-region’s thriving music scene is to our economy and our international reputation.
Greater Manchester is known the world over for its incredible musical output. Music created here over the past two centuries, by the Hallé Orchestra, established in 1858 during the ‘Madchester’ era, shows that Greater Manchester has produced some of the most influential music in the UK. However, it is vital that the city-region uses this heritage to build a musical ecosystem conducive to future success.
This discovery and many more are included in an independent report by UK Music, the umbrella organization for the country’s commercial music industry.
In the summer of 2018, UK Music was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to produce an independent study of the music industry in Greater Manchester, including the successes and challenges for artists and the music audience.
In 2017, Greater Manchester’s live music audience represented 1.9 million attendees, generating £ 169 million in music tourism for the region, with music tourists from Greater Manchester accounting for 5.4% of all music tourists at national scale.
The independent review was co-chaired by BPI and Brits Chairman (and former Sony Music CEO) Ged Doherty, Crisis Management Director Karen Boardman, and Inspiral Carpets legend Martyn Walsh.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “We have to recognize that the music industry has changed since 1989. It is much more difficult now than it was back then for new talent to stand out and gain attention. drill. Gone are the days of watching Granada Reports on a Friday night and hearing Tony Wilson, after he’s done reading the headlines, say, “And, to play us, this is Northside …”
“We need to find new ways to do the same and give today’s Mancunian talent a stage and a spotlight to shine. It was this impulse that led me to ask UK Music to undertake an independent review of our music scene across Greater Manchester. It was time to take an honest look at ourselves.
“This review has helped us understand our strengths, what works well for our artists and our audience; but also to be aware of our weaknesses and what more we can do to stay ahead and make Greater Manchester an even better place to make and enjoy music.
UK Music CEO Michael Dugher said: “No one knows better than Andy Burnham how essential music is to the economy and cultural fabric of Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester is known around the world for its rich musical heritage, but this UK Music Report, which reveals that music generates £ 169million for the local economy, is looking to the future. It’s about how we build on this proud past and how we can use music as a tool to help develop the economy of the urban area, create more jobs, and attract investment and visitors here.
“UK Music is delighted to have worked with Mayor Andy Burnham and the Co-Chairs of this important review – Karen Boardman of Crisis Management, Ged Doherty, Chairman of BPI and Martyn Walsh of Inspiral Carpets. Informed by extensive consultation with the Greater Manchester music industry and music fans, including two public inquiries and three roundtable meetings in central Manchester, Stockport and Wigan, our review and its key recommendation of establishing a music committee will ensure greater coordination and connectivity across the region’s music scene.
“Our aim is to develop the region’s diverse music scene and stimulate the talent pool by protecting local venues, improving transport links to boost the nightlife economy, increasing the number of rehearsal spaces and increasing opportunities for young people from all walks of life to access music and pursue a career in music. We look forward to continuing to work with Andy on the next steps to ensure that Greater Manchester’s position as a global city of music is fully realized. “