13/11/18: UK Music CEO Michael Dugher spoke at the launch of the Bristol @ Night Advisory Panel on Monday.
(L-R) Marti Burgess, Cllr Nicola Beech, Sam Nicholls and Michael Dugher at the launch event
He discussed the specific challenges that the music industry is facing in the city and applauded Mayor Marvin Rees on proactively adopting the Agent of Change principle before it became law.
The initiative by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has followed a number of high-profile cases where grassroots music venues in Bristol has faced significant difficulties.
Mr Dugher also explained the challenges which are faced by venues nationwide, including on planning and business rates, and said that UK Music remained committed to working with the Music Venues Trust to address these concerns. He also highlighted the positive changes the London Music Board has delivered under Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Cllr Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for Spatial Planning and City Design at Bristol City Council, introduced the launch at Bristol City Hall.
Panel chair Marti Burgess, a solicitor who has been involved in Bristol’s night time economy since the early 90s, Whiskas (Sam Nicholls), who set up Leeds:Music and is a Senior Lecturer in music at Leeds Beckett University, and local promoter Tom Paine also spoke at the event.
The Bristol @ Night Panel will bring together local people who work across the city’s unique and inclusive night life, from entertainment venues and bars through to the emergency services that keep everyone safe.
The new panel will work to address some of the key challenges Bristol is facing as it grows to ensure the vitality and diversity of night-time activities are not only preserved, but are also supported to expand and flourish.
The Panel will be independent from the council but its members will be empowered to feed into existing policies and strategies.
In addition to supporting the initiative in Bristol, UK Music is currently running a six month consultation for the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, on how best to support the music scene there. We also recently announced the creation of Music Boards for Sheffield City Region and for the Liverpool City Region.