UK Music visit Stockport and discuss ideas to support live music across Greater Manchester region

UK Music organised a talent pipeline roundtable at Bakers Vaults in Stockport on Tuesday

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14/11/18: UK Music’s Deputy CEO and Director of Public Affairs Tom Kiehl and Head of Parliamentary Affairs, Events and Diversity Felicity Oliver organised a talent pipeline roundtable at Bakers Vaults in Stockport on Tuesday.

The session at Baker Vaults was the third Greater Manchester City Region roundtable

Attendees considered a number of topics at the two hour session including how live music could grow across the City Region, whether Greater Manchester has the right mix of genres and whether the area is doing enough to attract audiences and artists from outside.

The attendees also considered the steps needed to protect music venues across the combined authority and how musicians experience across Greater Manchester can be improved.

Participants considered how expertise across the City Region could be shared and whether test cases for the agent of change principle are needed in relation to planning decisions. Exemptions for business rates for venues and public subsidy were also considered.

How Greater Manchester can make the most of its cultural diversity, such as celebrating music through its Chinese communities, and improve transport links were discussed at the roundtable. Whether the City Region has the right environment for a Music Board, bringing together local authorities and the music industry, was put forward by attendees in Stockport.

Co-Chair of the Greater Manchester music review Martyn Walsh from the Inspiral Carpets chaired the roundtable. Participants included Ben Robinson (From the Fields), Matt Wanstall (Musicians’ Union), local Stockport performer Mia Moon, Jane Randall (Marketing Manchester), John Summers (the Halle), Jay Taylor (Night and Day), Simon Webb (BBC Philharmonic) and Jeff Thompson (Un-Convention / Off Axis).

The roundtable will feed into the final report and recommendations of the Greater Manchester Music Review, expected early 2019. This is the third of three roundtables supporting the review. It follows roundtables in central Manchester and Wigan on business development and talent pipeline which took place in the previous week.

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