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UK Music Tunes Into The Mersey Beat With Visit To Sound City

UK Music headed to Liverpool to join those attending Sound City where we held our annual Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards (OMGs) ceremony and ran a roundtable to further explore the topic of Pathways to Industry.

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08.05.2024: UK Music partnered with Sound City this year for our Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards (OMGs) and hosted a roundtable to contribute to our work being done around Pathways to Industry.

You can read all about the winners and nominees for the OMG awards to members of our Music Academic Partnership (MAP) scheme and the event at Sound City which took place on Thursday May 2  here.

The roundtable, meanwhile, on Friday May 3 involved national and regional stakeholders who contributed to the evidence collection to be fed into discussions around Pathways to Industry.

UK Music is working closely with our members, our Music Academic Partnership (MAP) members, a range of other organisations, and government departments – including the Department for Education (DfE) and Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) – to collate evidence and formulate a plan of action around ‘Pathways to Industry’.

UK Music hosting roundtable discussion at Liverpool Sound City conference.

The initial discussions came out of the National Plan for Music Education (NPME) and have expanded to consider the landscape as a whole for those interested in both accessing music and also progressing into music careers. We had an excellent turnout and it was especially interesting to hear regional and national perspectives from a range of organisations representing a breadth of communities from across the UK.

Following the roundtable, we attended the Northern Music Network panel that heard from a range of partners supporting the music sector in the North of England. Chaired by Kev McManus, Liverpool’s Head of UNESCO City of Music, the panellists included Whiskas of Music: Local, Stewart Baxter of Hull Music Net, Sinead Campbell of Bradford’s Music Steering Group, and Lucy Scott from Glasshouse.

Chaired by Kev McManus Liverpool’s Head of UNESCO City of Music, the panellists included Whiskas of Music: Local, Stewart Baxter of Hull Music Net, Sinead Campbell of Bradford’s Music Steering Group, and Lucy Scott from Glasshouse.

In attendance at Sound City from UK Music were Dr Oliver Morris, Director of Education & Skills, Courtney Wallace, Education Partnerships & Operations Officer, and Dougie Brown, Policy & Campaigns Officer. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Liverpool and look forward to next year!

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