27/09/18: UK Music are pleased to announce Greg Parmley, Managing Director of the International Live Music Conference, as the new chair of the UK Live Music Group.
He takes over from Paul Latham, COO of Live Nation U.K., who announced his retirement after more than three decades in the live music industry.
The Group’s successes under Paul’s leadership include:
• Campaigning alongside the Music Venue Trust to achieve the introduction of the “agent for change” principle in England, Wales and Scotland to protect music venues from closure.
• Securing progress in the elimination of barriers connected to touring visas, both for inbound performers and crews but also for UK acts travelling overseas.
• The introduction of the Live Music Act 2012, supporting economic growth in the live music industry by 51% over the past five years.
• Organising the UK live music industry’s response to Brexit, responding to developments in the secondary ticketing market and supporting initiatives to improve accessibility at live events, securing industry agreed positions in all these areas.
• Contributing data and analysis for UK Music’s headline reports on music tourism and the economic value of the music industry.
Commenting, Mr Parmley said: “UK Live has achieved an enormous amount under Paul’s watch, and while his are some extremely big shoes to fill, I’m excited to be taking the group forward.
“With live music’s role in the wider music value chain more significant than ever, and issues from Brexit to secondary ticketing on the table, there’s a lot to do in the coming months.”
The UK Live Music Group meets every six weeks and is represented on UK Music’s Board. The group contributes to UK Music’s policy development and brings together all the component parts of the UK’s live music industry.
It consists of Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), Concert Promoters Association (CPA), Agents Association (AAGB), International Live Music Conference (ILMC), National Arenas Association (NAA), Production Services Association (PSA), Music Venue Trust (MVT) and Association for Electronic Music (AFEM).
The UK Live Music Group is also attended by and receives contributions from the MU, MMF, BPI and the PRS for Music Foundation. Paul Fenn (Asgard Agency) and Rob Challice (Coda Agency) act as Deputy Chairs of the Group.
UK Music CEO Michael Dugher said: “Greg is someone who commands huge respect in the live music industry. He is the ideal person to take on the mantle from Paul Latham and ensure the UK Live Music Group continues to develop a proactive agenda and deliver real results for the sector.
“I want to thank Paul Latham for his immense contribution and achievements, as well as in bringing the Group together in the first place.
“Live music contributes around £1 billion to the British economy and it is a fast growing sector. It provides opportunities and a livelihood for so many people, not just artists and musicians, but everyone else who works in the sector. Helped by Greg’s leadership, UK Music will continue to provide a strong, high profile voice for live music.”
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