Here, There and Everywhere: Liverpool City Region Music Board

We take a look at the Liverpool City Region Music Board (LCRMB) which was established in 2018 as an independent, sector-led panel of experts and influential figures from the world of music.

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09.08.2023: In a new series, Here, There and Everywhere, inspired by the report, UK Music takes a look at some of the fantastic schemes happening across the UK that are helping to transform cities, towns and regions into music powerhouses. 

In the first edition we take a look at the Liverpool City Region Music Board (LCRMB), which was established in 2018 as an independent, sector-led panel of experts and influential figures from the world of music. Board member and opera singer, Jennifer Johnston, shares the work they’ve achieved so far, including staging Eurovision in May 2023 and the importance of its lasting  legacy.

“Liverpool is leading the way as a global music city and the LCRMB is charged with cementing
the city region’s position as one of the world’s music capitals, working to ensure music businesses and communities have a stronger voice in local and regional decision-making.

The LCRMB is pursuing a number of skills, training and talent development projects supported by £1.6 million of Strategic Investment Funding awarded by the combined authority. The budget is allocated to mapping the entire sector and supporting the music ecosystem.

Since the 1980s, culture has been central to the Merseyside’s renewal and regeneration strategies, with the music sector generating almost £100 million of turnover per annum and music tourism contributing a further £100 million (BOP Consulting). Music has created a distinctive sense of place, grown the visitor economy, boosted the city’s image, and developed the creative industries, as well as addressed problems of inclusion and deprivation.

Several members of the Board were instrumental in bringing Eurovision Song Contest to Liverpool in May 2023, playing key roles in devising and pitching the proposal to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the BBC, plus devising and delivering a host of fringe events and Eurovision-associated activities. The result was a supersized Eurovision, smashing records with the most watched final globally in the competition’s history, and demolishing visitor targets of 100,000 with over 500,000 additional people arriving in Liverpool.

The Eurovision Legacy Group (ELG) was established to ensure a lasting impact of positive
change across Liverpool, especially after the honour of staging the event for the people of Ukraine.

The ELG’s primary legacy aims are to:

  • Maximise Liverpool’s UNESCO City of Music Status with the launch of Liverpool Music
    City, an online hub for the music industry in Merseyside.
  • Improve the region’s night-time transport infrastructure to support a sustainable and strong regional live music economy.
  • Secure a commitment from companies that sponsor Eurovision in Liverpool to establish a music education foundation.
  • Work with Marketing Liverpool and Visit Liverpool to emphasise the region’s vibrant and diverse live music ecology.

The LCRMB was delighted to welcome Eurovision to Liverpool, to celebrate Ukraine, unity, diversity and freedom, and broadcast to the world: ‘This is Liverpool, music city. Come on… feel the noise’.

Read more about delivering a Eurovision legacy for Liverpool’s music sector in the Heseltine Institute policy briefing here.

Read more about Here, There and Everywhere, the report on music tourism, here

Read more about how local governments can create music powerhouses here

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