News

A catalogue of news, content and useful information about and from the Liverpool City Region Music Board.

July 01st 2022

BLOG: FURTHER VERIFICATION THAT LIVERPOOL LEADS THE WAY IN TERMS OF MUSIC CREATION

Liverpool’s Head of UNESCO City of Music, Kevin McManus, explains the recently published Music Industry Body (BPI) ‘All About The Music 2022’ report, and the significance of Liverpool and Merseyside as key contributors. The UK has, for a long time, been recognised as one of the world’s leading music cultures with many of the highest […]

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June 21st 2022

World Music Day 2022

A Blog from Kevin McManus, Head of Liverpool UNESCO City of Music, about World Music Day in the city of Liverpool. World Music Day (or Fête de la musique) is celebrated every year on 21st June.  If you haven’t heard of it before, it is the simple but brilliant concept of having a day that […]

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May 30th 2022

Career advice and inspiration: Mike Walsh, UK Head of Strategic Partnerships at Serenade

My various role(s): UK Head of Strategic Partnerships at Eco-friendly music NFT platform Serenade. Plus an artist co-manager of two young singer songwriters, and active committee member of both War Child and EarthPercent charities What do you love most about your job? At Serenade I love speaking to artists and managers every day about the […]

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May 10th 2022

Recordings: Write the Future Music and Tech Conference

On 28th April 2022 Liverpool City Region Music Board hosted ‘Write the Future: Music Technology Conference’ in Liverpool City Centre, showcasing the emerging technologies transforming the evolving music industry and creating immersive music experiences for fans. For those who were unable to attend the event, full recordings are now available on our YouTube channel. Influential […]

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April 11th 2022

Write the Future: Music and Tech Conference in Liverpool, 28th April

On 28th April 2022 Liverpool City Region Music Board is hosting ‘Write the Future: Music Technology Conference’ in Liverpool City Centre, showcasing the emerging technologies transforming the evolving music industry and creating immersive music experiences for fans. All musicians, creatives and music executives working in the Liverpool City Region are invited to attend this free […]

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March 23rd 2022

Thank you to all who attended ‘Keeping LCR Music Venues on the Map’

Last night (Tuesday 22nd March 2020) we joined forces with University of Liverpool to host an event especially for local music venue owners, managers and gig promoters; which focused on ‘safeguarding and protecting local music venues’. The event, at the Royal Philharmonic Music Room, encouraged attendees to share their opinions about issues currently affecting music […]

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March 08th 2022

Happy International Women’s Day, from Liverpool City Region Music Board

This International Women’s Day, Liverpool City Region Music Board is talking about ‘Gender Equality’; one of the board’s key strategic priorities. The Music Board aims to ensure gender equality and erase bias in the local music industry; supporting the rights of those who face intersecting discrimination, and putting their voices at the centre of policy-making. […]

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February 25th 2022

Event: Keeping Liverpool City Region Music Venues on the Map

If you run a venue or if you are a promoter who puts on gigs in the city region (Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Sefton, Halton and Knowsley), the Liverpool City Region Music Board would like to invite you to this event. The Board would like to meet with you and hear your thoughts and opinions, […]

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February 18th 2022

LCR Music Board pays tribute to Owen Moran

The LCR Music Board would like to send their condolences and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of musician Owen Moran (62) who sadly passed away recently. Owen was the bass guitarist and singer in Liverpool band, Cook Da Books, who were championed by the likes of Janice Long and John Peel. With fellow […]

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February 03rd 2022

Career advice and inspiration: Jennifer John, Vocal Coach and Composer

My various role(s): I have several roles, which include: Creative Director, industry vocal coach (specialising in artistic development), composer of choral music, singer/songwriter, vocal arranger, session singer, music manager. I am an award winning composer, vocal coach (specialising in artistic development), singer/songwriter, creative director and music mentor. In my capacity as a singing lecturer I […]

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February 03rd 2022

Independent Venue Week 2022 – this year it feels even more important than ever

This Independent Venue Week (31 January – 6 February 2022), Kevin McManus, Head of Liverpool UNESCO City of Music, credits the small venues across the region who are striving to survive while continuing to create memories for gig-goers and opening doors for musicians, in-spite of the difficulties resulting from the pandemic. Independent Venue Week is […]

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February 02nd 2022

Academic Study: The effects of COVID-19 on music makers in Liverpool City Region

An academic article has been published that explores the effects of Covid-19, in particular the ‘stay at home’ lockdown, on music makers in the Liverpool City Region. The joint study, by LCR Music Board Member Mat Flynn and colleague Richard Anderson both from the University of Liverpool, utilises qualitative and quantitative data from an online […]

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December 28th 2021

LCR Music Board pays tribute to Janice Long

Liverpool City Region Music Board would like to pay tribute to Janice Long. Our thoughts are with the family of Janice Long who sadly passed away on Christmas Day after a short illness. Liverpool born Janice had a long, amazing career in broadcasting and throughout it she retained an infectious enthusiasm for supporting new music. […]

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December 21st 2021

LCR Music Board members call for more recognition and support for the live events and entertainment sector

Liverpool City Region Board Member, and Managing Director of Adlib, Andy Dockerty, explains how the current media focus is on problems faced by the hospitality sector, neglecting to recognise how the problems also impact massively on events sector. Andy is also a founding member of the #wemakeevents campaign which aims to gain recognition and support […]

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December 14th 2021

Local artists and ‘Future Industry Professionals’ to receive PPL Momentum Accelerator support

In recent months we have been working closely with PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, to help them select music creators and industry professionals based in the Liverpool City Region who will receive their PPL Momentum Accelerator support. The two music creators receiving support are: Astles – Recording, […]

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December 09th 2021

Career advice and inspiration: Yaw Owusu, Creative Consultant

My role as a Creative Consultant: I have a few alternative roles; working on different projects for various companies. So the easiest way to explain what I do professionally, is that I’m a creative consultant who designs and helps drive game-changing music projects and initiatives for creatives, brands and organisations. I tend to get involved […]

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December 01st 2021

Video: Disruptors affecting how money is being made in the music industry

We, the Liverpool City Region Music Board, recently hosted a panel event to support local musicians and industry professionals who want to understand more about ‘making money out of music’ in the constantly disrupted and evolving industry. In partnership with Business & IP Centre Liverpool City Region, we invited a panel of music industry experts […]

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November 16th 2021

Launch of Liverpool City Region’s ‘Black Music Action Group’

The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Music Board’s Black Music Action Group has launched its BLM Manifesto as part of ON RECORD 2021, a festival celebrating and exploring Black music across the city region, at a public event at the British Music Experience. Liverpool City Region Music Board recently hosted an event at the British Music […]

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October 22nd 2021

Event: Launch of our LCR Black Music Action Group

On Monday 25th October 2021, the Liverpool City Region Music Board is hosting an event to officially launch its rebranded sub-group, the ‘Black Music Action Group’ and the Music Board’s recently published Black Lives Matter Manifesto. The event will be hosted by SpyKatcha at the British Music Experience, with presentations given by members of the […]

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October 08th 2021

Panel Event 21 October: Making Money in the Music Industry

On 21st October 2021, Liverpool City Region Music Board is hosting a panel event to support local musicians and industry professionals who want to understand more about ‘making money out of music’ in the constantly disrupted and evolving industry. In partnership with Business & IP Centre Liverpool City Region, we have invited a panel of […]

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October 07th 2021

What is the Agent of Principle? What does it mean for our music venues?

“Agent of Change” is a term used to describe various approaches to controlling the relationship between new built developments (typically residential), and extant noise sources (typically, music venues). The agent of Change Principle encapsulates the position that a person or business (i.e. the agent) introducing a new land use is responsible for managing the impact […]

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September 14th 2021

Career advice and inspiration: Michael Eakin, Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

My role as Chief Executive of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic comprises one of the country’s major professional symphony orchestras; a leading concert hall, and a major music education and outreach programme. As CEO my job is to lead this organisation of some 250 staff and musicians – setting the direction and strategy with […]

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August 09th 2021

Liverpool – We Will Always Have Music

This blog from Kevin McManus, representative of the Liverpool City Region Music Board and Head of UNESCO City of Music at Culture Liverpool, explains why Liverpool always has and will continue to be recognised internationally as a city of music. Liverpool was in the news again recently with the news that we had lost our […]

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August 05th 2021

Year On Evaluation: LCR Music Industry Support Fund

In 2020 the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority approved an award of £2m of SIF (Strategic Investment Find) to support the Liverpool City Region Music Industry Sector Development Pilot Project; delivering a programme of business growth, skills and talent development, and associated work to strengthen the LCR music ecosystem. The LCR Combined Authority approval was […]

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June 09th 2021

LCR Music Board’s Black Lives Matter Manifesto

Liverpool City Region Music Board is proud to share its Black Lives Matter Manifesto (Download the PDF here: Black Lives Matter – LCRMB Manifesto 2021) Created in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement and born from the Board’s dedication to diversity and inclusivity, the manifesto details our Board’s commitment to acknowledging the contribution of […]

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May 24th 2021

Announcement: New Music Board Members Revealed

Liverpool City Region Music Board is thrilled to reveal the names of its newest members; all experts and influential figures from the world of music. The eight new recruits are: Les Spaine, CEO of Spaine Music Company Jennifer Johnston, Mezzo soprano Andy Dockerty, Managing Director of Adlib events technology suppliers Saad Shaffi, Managing Director of […]

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April 07th 2021

Contribute to LCR Freelance Working Agreement and Directory

Individuals from the creative industries community in Liverpool City Region are invited to contribute to the development of a Freelance Working Agreement and Directory. March for the Arts, a collective dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of the arts, is working with a group of freelancers and creative professionals to create this Freelance Working […]

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February 18th 2021

LCR Music Board: We are recruiting new members

We are looking for new board members to join our panel of experts and influential figures from the world of music; sharing a passion for music and championing the local music scene. Those interested in acquiring one of the voluntary positions must complete the online application on our website by Friday 19th March 2021. Our […]

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January 29th 2021

Independent Venue Week 2021

This Independent Venue Week (25-31 January 2021), Kevin McManus, Head of Liverpool UNESCO City of Music, shines a light on independent music venues in the city region, whose resilience has been further tested during the pandemic. This week is Independent Venue Week, celebrating and championing the venues that are the lifeblood of the UK music […]

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January 28th 2021

A BEACON of resources for emerging artists

In December, Future Yard hosted BEACON, a live streamed ‘digital conference’ focusing on how emerging artists can creatively grow their artist project after COVID. LCR Music Board members, Cath Hurley and Craig Pennington from Future Yard, sought out a group of artists and industry professionals who have led innovative campaigns to drive success in the […]

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January 07th 2021

Liverpool City Region Music Board pays tribute to Gerry Marsden

Liverpool City Region Music Board would like to pay tribute to Liverpool music legend, Gerry Marsden, who sadly passed this week. Kevin McManus, representative of the Liverpool City Region Music Board and Head of UNESCO City of Music at Culture Liverpool, shares memorable experiences of working with the late Gerry Marsden and pays tribute to […]

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December 17th 2020

Policy Briefing: Securing the Future of Liverpool City Region’s Live and Dance Music Sector

This week, board member Dr Mat Flynn, who is a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, published his latest paper: Securing the Future of Liverpool City Region’s Live and Dance Music Sector. In recent weeks, board members have contributed to Mat’s research with Liverpool University’s Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place, which explores […]

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December 16th 2020

Crucial music professionals and businesses slipping through the cracks

Kevin McManus, representative of the Liverpool City Region Music Board and Head of UNESCO City of Music at Culture Liverpool, explains how support is needed for local businesses and freelancers who are missing out on much-needed funding. As we all know, the impact of the pandemic on the music sector has been huge locally, nationally […]

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December 09th 2020

Champion One, Champion All!

A new and unique digital exhibition of photographic portraits will debut at the Museum of Liverpool from today (9th December 2020). Champion One, Champion All!  is a collection of 33 portraits by Liverpool photographer Anthony Wilde and celebrates key figures from the city’s Black music scenes; the artists, promoters, venue owners, producers, managers and people […]

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November 26th 2020

On Record with Mark Lewisohn: How Black Music Inspired the Beatles

On Monday 30th November a unique interview with Mark Lewisohn, the acknowledged world authority on The Beatles, will be streamed online. He joins representatives of Liverpool City Region Music Board, Paul Gallagher and Peter Hooton, to discuss the Black artists and Black music genres that inspired the Fab Four from Liverpool. This is one of […]

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November 13th 2020

Making our website work for you…

We are currently developing this website; adding elements that support our strategy, to support and grow the local music sector, while also acting as a digital hub, sharing key information and resources to anyone working in the sector. We now have a Directory to showcase the variety of music talent and expertise in the Liverpool […]

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October 28th 2020

The Studio in Widnes Making Waves thanks to the Music Industry Support Fund

‘The Studio Widnes’ has utilised their grant from the ‘Music Industry Support Fund’ to help local people in the Halton area overcome barriers to music; developing two virtual projects that enable the development of local musicians, singers and songwriters – ‘Social Song Writing’ and ‘Supported Studio Setups’. The Studio was one of over 50 beneficiaries […]

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October 27th 2020

On Record – Celebrating black music in Liverpool

A festival of celebration and exploration of black music on Merseyside and the role it has played in communities over the past 70 years will launch online this week as part of Black History Month – From 5pm on Friday 30th October. Curated by LCR Music Board member, Yaw Owusu (The Playmaker Group / LIMF), […]

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October 23rd 2020

LCR Music Board pays tribute to Hambi Haralambous

Liverpool City Region Music Board would like to pay our own tribute to Hambi Haralambous who sadly passed away last weekend. Hambi was a much loved and respected member of the Liverpool music community and many of the Music Board have personal experience of working with him over the last 30 years. He had a […]

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September 30th 2020

Statement in support of #WeMakeEvents Global Day

Statement from Liverpool City Region Music Board: “The UK production companies behind the gigs and festivals we all attend are widely regarded as the best in the world, and many of these businesses are based in the Liverpool City Region. The live events industry was the fastest growing sector in the UK in 2018, with […]

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August 28th 2020

Research Results Demonstrate “Catastrophic” Impacts of COVID-19 on Local Music Scene

PRESS RELEASE: Research results demonstrate devastating impacts of lockdown and social distancing on music makers in Liverpool City Region. 175 musicians surveyed in new research from Bido Lito! and University of Liverpool Liverpool City Region Music Board closely monitoring research as rebuild of sector begins A sample of 175 musicians and music makers from Liverpool […]

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August 14th 2020

The Music Board is Looking For a Freelance Marketing and Communications Manager

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER FREELANCE ROLE The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Music Board are seeking an experienced marketing/communications manager to undertake the co-ordination, development and delivery of the LCR Music Board’s key communications and messaging across existing platforms. We are looking for someone who is passionate about music, a lateral thinker with great initiative, who […]

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June 29th 2020

Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

The Liverpool City Region Music Board is committed to equality and diversity. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and we are against all forms of racism and discrimination. The recent brutal killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks brought into sharp focus the massive inequalities and challenges that people and businesses […]

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June 04th 2020

Big name artists join fight to save Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios

Guy Garvey among musicians and producers demanding Parr Street Studios preservation  Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Travis’ Andy Dunlop, PiL’s Jah Wobble and a host of other musicians and producers have joined the fight to save Liverpool’s world-renowned Parr Street Studios, which developers threaten to turn into luxury apartments if officials don’t step in. The city centre […]

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