Updated: Tuesday, 11th August 2020 @ 9:23am

'Let's embed culture in our hearts': Mayor Burnham launches radical review of Manchester music scene

'Let's embed culture in our hearts': Mayor Burnham launches radical review of Manchester music scene

| By Jordan Elgott

Mayor Andy Burnham has announced radical plans to strengthen Greater Manchester’s music scene.

A major review has been launched into music in the region, with the help of UK Music and a panel of experts.

The review will support bands of all cultures and backgrounds, from Manchester’s well-defined indie legacy to music of black origin, brass bands and orchestras.

Burnham hopes it will shine light on how Manchester’s music scene can be nurtured, encouraged and refreshed.

“Greater Manchester has led the way when it comes to British music, producing some of the greatest bands this country has ever known from Oasis to The Stone Roses, as well as being home to internationally-renowned orchestras,” he said.

“The music greats of our past inspire young musicians of today.

“We must build on this, beyond the already well-defined indie legacy, to truly embed culture and the arts in the heart of our communities and give future generations the opportunities to fulfil their creative potential.”

An advisory panel will be set up in the coming weeks, while voices from across the music industry will be asked to share their views and experiences of Greater Manchester’s music culture over the next six months.

Michael Dugher, CEO of UK Music, has welcomed the review.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to help further develop Greater Manchester’s vibrant music scene and help grow the city’s economy,” he said.

“Andy Burnham gets how important this is and is passionate about supporting the city-region’s amazing talent and great venues.

“I look forward to working closely with Andy and those leading the review to ensure Greater Manchester’s music scene goes from strength to strength.”

Early next year, the review will make recommendations on how Greater Manchester’s music scene can be enhanced.

It will also estimate the value of music to Greater Manchester’s economy for the first time.